I'm at the point in a bathroom remodel where I'm gonna hang the walls
for a half-bath, that is, an enclosed shower. I live in Albuquerque,
where the relative humidity is usually near 20%, so a lot of the things
that happen in other places simply don't happen here.
The shower will be enclosed with tile. My question is whether treated
drywall will be alright as a subsurface, or will I live to regret
wanting to go that way? I find drywall easier to work with than
hardibacker, as well as cheaper.
What do you think?
Use Hardibacker, or equivalent. Sheetrock is not intended to be used in wet
locations. Sheetrock is a little cheaper, sure, but do you want to do this
job again? I don't find Hardibacker that much more difficult than sheetrock,
just be a little more careful with the dust. Cutting it outside is good. ;-)
On 5/30/2011 12:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Thanks all for comments. Looks like we have a split decision. If you
were going with either hardibacker or cement board, which one would you
The tile might end at eye level. Would you only put hardibacker/cement
board behind the tile and have the exposed part as treated drywall anyways?
I've done both. Hardibacker, hands down! It's *much* easier to work with. I
don't find it much harder than sheetrock. I had problems with the edges of
the cement board crumbling and it's a real PITA to cut right.
I'd put Hardibacker behind tile in the livingroom. ;-)
If there is no chance of it getting wet, sure. When I did my laundry I put
the Hardibacker up to a line just below where the tile stopped, then continued
up with sheetrock. The tile stopped above all the plumbing so there was
little chance of water damage. Sheetrock is easy to replace anyway. Unless,
of course, there is tile on it. ;-)
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