Shower tile replacement


Old 01-02-13, 08:06 AM
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Shower tile replacement

I have a shower stall in which the grout got bad and water got behind the tiles on one wall. I noticed some loose tiles at the bottom of the shower stall and after pulling a couple off to see how far it went, the tiles just came off most of the entire wall. Seems to only have rotted out the backer-board (or whatever was used behind the tiles) and miraculously left the plaster/drywall behind unscathed.

I'm wondering about the best way to fix it up. Is it just a matter of removing all the backer-board and tiles off that one wall, installing new backer-board, re-tile, grout and caulk? Better off to just re-do the whole dang thing?

If so, what do I want for backer-board? Just that Durock stuff from home depot? Best way to attach it to wall? Any vapor barrier needed?

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Old 01-02-13, 08:35 AM
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Doing this sort of stuff for a living, I can only advise you to tear it all out, down to the studs, treat moldy areas properly, insulate the walls, apply a vapor barrier (6 mil plastic), then 1/2" concrete backer underlayment, either durock or hardie backer, tape and thinset the joints and corners, then install your thinset and tile. If you don't tear it all out you won't get the chance to see problems you may overlook if not torn out, such as mold, etc. Sheetrock alone in a wet area is not acceptable for tile installation.
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Tearing it out down to the studs probably isn't that much more work for that small area anyway. Thanks for the insight!

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