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Old 07-26-2008, 01:30 AM   #1
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Hardibacker Vs Easyboard (foam Based)


I always use hardibacker. Im sure everyone has now come across these new foam based backer boards (there are a few brands out there). I was wondering if anyone uses them and some thoughts on them?? They are def way lighter and can be cut with a utility knife. Extremely easy to install!! My only hesitation is quality and whats will happen in the long run.. Thoughts???
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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I always use hardibacker. Im sure everyone has now come across these new foam based backer boards (there are a few brands out there). I was wondering if anyone uses them and some thoughts on them?? They are def way lighter and can be cut with a utility knife. Extremely easy to install!! My only hesitation is quality and whats will happen in the long run.. Thoughts???
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that is usually the way i go.. but this is so easy i just cant resist
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Well then give it a shot!! As for me, my area Custom rep gave me a 50 foot roll of EasyMAT to try about a year ago. I gave it away.
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are you talking about the easy mat that is about an 1/8 inch thick??? why would u screw the poor guy by giving him that??
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He was gonna go to Dal and BUY it, so I gave mine to him!
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I would try the MAT stuff if i could here just a few good things about it... but everyone who has ever used it doesnt trust it... so i guess i dont either
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I always use hardibacker. Im sure everyone has now come across these new foam based backer boards (there are a few brands out there). I was wondering if anyone uses them and some thoughts on them?? They are def way lighter and can be cut with a utility knife. Extremely easy to install!! My only hesitation is quality and whats will happen in the long run.. Thoughts???

I have a friend in Cleveland who has been a ceramic installer for 10 years, he called me about a month ago to tell me about this product.

He will never go back to cement or hardie. The cost is more but the time in labor is a huge saving.

Not to mention using the same utility blade for the entire install
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I was curious about this stuff so I thought I'd try it on a small bathroom remodel I did. I'ts really easy to work with cause it cuts easy and it's light. But that's about it. I usually float the tiles in the shower area (except glass tiles) to make it plumb. The only problem that I had was whenever I pushed on the tiles I was setting, the wall moved cause it's flimsy foam. When the mud dried (i had about 1/2" to 3/4 of mud behind the tiles) it was solid- no movement. I don't think I'll use this stuff again because I don't really trust it. If anyone wanted to use it though I would not recomend troweling the tiles on it. I think the thicker the mud the stronger your walls are with this product.
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I personally dont even like the hardibacker...thinks its crap to be quite honest.

Ive always used durok/wonderboard and ill keep on with that.
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It's not crap, but it IS tough to work with. Either way, I'm with you-- I'll stick with Durock.
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Durock for tile wetbed for mosiacs
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If you referring to the Ez Backer board, I assure you it is not “flimsy foam” for wall it recommend the ½” thick and for floor use the ¼”, the great benefit and saving is when it come to area need to be waterproof, as the material itself is water resistance you only need to waterproof the joint of each board.
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As easy as shears make using hardibacker IMHO it is a no brainer. Hardibacker every time.
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"As easy as shears make using hardibacker IMHO it is a no brainer. Hardibacker every time. " Mellison



Mellison-Please educate me on these shears... I typically score with a utility knife or use a 7" skill saw.
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I'm a finish carpenter and worked on a job with a GC that was doing a bath remodel. I worked with this guy on alot of jobs and he has done many many bathrooms and decided to try the EZ board on this one. A week after the tile guy did his thing there were problems with the floor. Wound up having to demo and redo the whole thing. He's back to hardi now. It was very easy to handle and install though!
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"As easy as shears make using hardibacker IMHO it is a no brainer. Hardibacker every time. " Mellison



Mellison-Please educate me on these shears... I typically score with a utility knife or use a 7" skill saw.
try a google search for hardybacker shears, make sure they can cut 1/2 inch boards. no dust and very easy.

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