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Applying tiles to new drywall in bathroom

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Learningthehardway, 5 Mar 2013.

  1. Learningthehardway

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    We built an extension and the builders have already installed the drywall around the bath/shower. I need to tile and wondered what I need to do to prepare the drywall properly. Thanks for your advice.
     
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    Before doing anything, I would ask the builder why he had use standard plasterboard in the shower area. It should be a water/rot resistant variety, eg hardi-backer or cementboard


    ps you might be better off asking this question in the tiling section

    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=30
     
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    Well being as it's already built you need a 'tanking kit'.
     
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    This is in a house my wife bought to refurbish as an investment. She had her brother "managing" the project and he hired a muppet builder who caused more work that needs to be put right. My brother in law has been fired and I am now in charge of all the fixing. After more research, I anticipated needing to buy a tanking kit and ordered one last nght. If I receive convincing advise, I will replace the standard drywall with greenboard and tank the shower area. What do you think - greenboard?
     
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    I think that the advice if going for large/thick tiles is to use one of the cement boards because of the weight.

    I might be wrong but I think that with some cement boards it is possible to remove tiles without destroying the board, unlike the pink plasterboard. This may be worth considering if you are planning to hold on to the property for some time. hopefully others can confirm this.

    Cement boards however are more expensive and slower to fit.
     
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    I looked into the cost and pain involved with the cement boards which put me off. I also see on several other forums that there are widely differing views on when cement boards are appropriate - wet rooms/basements. As this application is going to be around a tub/shower, I think I may just go with either tanking the existing plasterboard and hope that last for 5+ years or replace with the greenboard and maybe get additional longevity. Thanks for your feedback.
     
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    Sounds like you'll make a good landlord. :rolleyes:
     
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