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Hi all- am gutting half bath to retile. have installed hardiebacker on walls, mortared joints and taped. can/should I put a layer of mortar over the entire surface and let it dry to level the walls before I apply tile?

in short, whats the best way to level shower walls before tiling? Am using 4x8 ceramic subways.

thanks.
 

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yes, i did that. clearly didnt work out so well. house was built in 1809 so most jobs are pretty tricky. so what i am looking for is some guidance on a SOLUTION and insight from someone who has a lot more experience with tiling a shower than I do. are you suggesting i rip out and reshim or is there an alternative.
 

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yes, i did that. clearly didnt work out so well. house was built in 1809 so most jobs are pretty tricky. so what i am looking for is some guidance on a SOLUTION and insight from someone who has a lot more experience with tiling a shower than I do. are you suggesting i rip out and reshim or is there an alternative.
In my opinion you have 3 choices.

1.) Hire someone who does have more experiance than you do to tile the bathroom.

2.) Rip it out and start over shimming and leveling to get Sq. and True walls.

3.) Use your idea of skim coating and waste many hours trying to get it perfect.

4.) Hire someone who does have more experiance that you do to tile the bathroom.

Hope this helps.
 

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Easier to be a "Demo"Diva than an "Install"Diva, I guess:thumbsup: Stop, asking yourself, why all your installs look like demo's and hire a pro.
 

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yes, i did that. clearly didnt work out so well.
I dunno...if I'm going to get a wall in plane, it's OOP before I start and in-plane when I'm done. There is no middle ground. What exactly did you do?

I think you're in trouble.
 

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I'll give you a serious answer. There has been a lot of pissing and moaning about people who give smart ass answers, and I've started to lose sleep about it.:party:

You are using smallish tile. Let's say you are tiling three walls, like a tub surround. Take the 5' wall first. Let's say that both the end walls are out of plumb-they're tilting in so hard that the 5' wall is like a triangle. It starts at 5' wide at the base and ends 8' up at 0 wide.

So what do you do? Just tile it. Lay it out from the center, so that you won't have small tile on the ends. You're probably using a half bond pattern anyway, which will help. Get your tile tight into the corners, say within an 1/8".

Now the side walls. Let's assume that your long wall was wack as well and leaning away (out) at the top. Strike a plumb line somewhere, and lay into the long wall from the plumb line to get your layout going. Cut your tile where they meet the wacky wall so they are angled (scribed) to fit it.

Your corners should have a straight (not plumb) line running up them, not a staircase effect.

That should do it. Hook up the exhaust fan to the plumbing vent line and it's time to move on to the next job.
 

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I'll give you a serious answer. There has been a lot of pissing and moaning about people who give smart ass answers, and I've started to lose sleep about it.:party:
That should do it. Hook up the exhaust fan to the plumbing vent line and it's time to move on to the next job.
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Trying to level it out with mortar is going to take more time than it's worth. The best thing to do is to remove the hardibacker on any wall where you know the hardi isn't lying right.

What you have to do is find the 'crown' stud. The stud that sticks out the furthest. Then you need to shim the other studs so that all the hardi will lie correctly. I know it sounds like a pain but it will save you a considerable amount of time and aggravation in the end.
 

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Trying to level it out with mortar is going to take more time than it's worth. The best thing to do is to remove the hardibacker on any wall where you know the hardi isn't lying right.

What you have to do is find the 'crown' stud. The stud that sticks out the furthest. Then you need to shim the other studs so that all the hardi will lie correctly. I know it sounds like a pain but it will save you a considerable amount of time and aggravation in the end.

Sometimes, after finding the "crown" stud, I will take my hand planer and plane that stud down until flush with the others.
 

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Sometimes, after finding the "crown" stud, I will take my hand planer and plane that stud down until flush with the others.
Ya, that's always an option as well. Whatever is the easiest or least time consuming is always best for me. As long as it's done right! :thumbup:
 
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