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We're on a job right now and part of it is to re-do a small ensuite. Typical subdivision stuff, tile on mesh 1/4" thick. My apprentice, not knowing any better says "why not just use 1/4" cement board?"

Well, that started it, poor guy, all the way home I'm telling him about all the **** out there, and that I'm not going to be a part of it. I want to construct buildings and renos that will last a LONG time.

Buildings, at least 100yrs. Renos are somewhat controlled by the amount of money the client has to spend. But using the tile as an example, if it isn't going to last 30-40 yrs. then I'm not doing it.

It seems every day someone is coming up with some fast, easy way/material to do the job cheaper. Most of this stuff is designed to last a few years at best I think. It's an ongoing battle to convince the HO to spend the money to do a job that will last.

Ok, so how long are you building for ?
 

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You might want to look into Hardie products. http://www.jameshardie.com/index.html It's what I'm using on my personal outbuildings, it also meets the Miami-Dade high velocity wind codes.

Sometimes shortcuts get you into trouble. Othertimes advancements can be overlooked. At least your apprentice seems to be on top of things and offered an opinion, sounds like you have a winner.
 

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I agree with not taking "el cheapo" shortcuts but you need to be open to new products that offer equal or greater quality at reduced price or install time. Using the mesh as an example, do you know for a fact that it will fail in a few years or do you just assume this because its not how "You" do it.
 
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