Mortar will make tiles stick out too far

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Old 01-11-13, 07:30 PM
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Mortar will make tiles stick out too far

I am redesigning a bathroom and got a tub which has no side to it. It could be a drop-in surround, but due to space issues I am unable to do that. Instead I have put a sheet of hardibacker attached to plywood up as the side and am planning to tile it. Because of this, the tile needs to end up flush with the lip of the tub. Unfortunately I cannot push the board back any farther into the underside of the tub and the tile will be just flush as it is now. If I add mortar, it will be sticking out. Is there any adhesive I can use besides mortar that would have minimal depth to it?
 
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Old 01-11-13, 07:57 PM
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what size hardibacker did you use? 1/4"?
 
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Old 01-12-13, 06:06 AM
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I have a small whirlpool tub that did not come with a face panel.
It is made so that a 2x2 frame will fit under the tub lip and is fastened to the wall and floor.

The instructions for this were in the tub's paperwork and I suspect the mfr of yours also has some sort of plan for closing in the front.
What do they suggest?
 
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Yes, 1/4" hardi. They recommend placing it as a surround which I normally would have done but unfortunately it is a small bathroom and the dimensions will not allow that.
 
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I was hoping that maybe you used 1/2" hardi and could use 1/4" instead.

You said you placed it over plywood. Maybe the plywood should have been 1/8" thinner, such as 3/8" instead of 1/2"?
 
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I think that's probably how I'll have to do it. Thanks for the suggestion
 
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Can you not skip the plywood and just put 1\2" backer on it. If you do have to come out 1\4" you could use a metal tile edge. You will just see an edge of metal trim
 
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