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By Ric in North Bend, WA on 7/7/2009


I'm starting to plan my tile install in the bathrooms.

What my drywaller did was put cement backer board in the showers only (and that was only at my insistence), and some green board around the tubs. The remainder of the bathrooms are done with standard drywall.

Question:
Can I install tile on standard drywall?
I may want to do a tile wainscot around the master bath, and that would require tiling over the regular drywall.

For the floors, I'm planning to put HardieBacker down first, and lay the tile on top of that.

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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 7/7/2009


For reference, I would use the forums from the John Bridge internet site. Plenty of professionals over there, but also very civil and helpful to DIY tile setters. You can install tile over drywall, and if you have a drywall tub surround there are methods of waterproofing it first (Schluter Kerdi system is one such method).

For the subfloor, when I put down backer board I use both thinset and screws. This makes for a rock-solid base for the tile and there are absolutely no voids between the subfloor and the backer board. A different school of thought is a decoupling membrane such as a Schluter Ditra membrane. I like to keep my floor transitions nice and level, the decoupling membrane allows for a thinner total install than the backer board. My preference is dictated by the adjacent flooring materials.


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