Retiling Shower with a weak wall?

Old 01-20-08, 03:36 PM
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Retiling Shower with a weak wall?

I want to retile my bathroom but i have a problem. i live in a basement apartment and when i first moved in the wall behind my shower head caved a bit when i pushed it. My landlord fixed it but the tiles in the bathroom are hideous. I want to change it but im afraid that when i take down the old tiles I'm going to have an even bigger headache with the potential wall damage. Any advice on how to tackle this task?
Old 01-20-08, 07:36 PM
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Welcome to the Forums!

First of all, is the landlord gonna allow you too do this?

If so, start by tearing out the wall for the shower and inspecting the studs. Tile needs to be installed on a 1/2" cement backer board (Hardibacker) which is screwed into the studs. Use a good thinset morter like Versabond or flexbond type product, do not use mastic.

I'm sure you will have questions along the way and we will be here to answer them.

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