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By Ric in North Bend, WA on 6/25/2009


Quick question:
Everything I've seen says to fiberglass tape the backer board in the showers. It makes sense to me, because it will block a potential leak.

My drywaller says that they never do that, because the joints get sealed when you tile anyway (sounds like he's being lazy to me!). He added that he'd do it if I "really" wanted him to though (but I suspect he'll charge me extra).

What are others here doing?

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By Michael in Garden Grove, CA on 6/25/2009


Ric,

The tape is not for waterproofing. It is used just like drywall tape and mud, to prevent cracking at the seams. The board should be installed just like drywall, with the only difference being that you use thinset instead of drywall mud. Once it has all dried, you have a smooth, solid surface on which to mount the tile.

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By Michael in Garden Grove, CA on 6/25/2009


Ric,

An afterthought, your drywaller may not tape the board himself, but I would almost bet that the tile installers are doing the taping and thinsetting themselves.

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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 6/26/2009


My tile-setter taped the joints, he used a really wide, 6" fiberglass mesh tape and thinset. I wouldn't have expected my sheetrockers to mix up a small batch of thinset for this.
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