Cement board dilemma...

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Arsinek, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Arsinek

    Arsinek New Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    So in my bathroom renovation Im retiling the tub surround, this is in a townhouse which has 5/8 drywall. Im having a hard time finding 5/8 cement board for tile backer. The tub surround shares walls with the rest of the bath so I figured get the same thickness backerboard for a seamless transition. I can get the 5/8 in bigger sheets but I was planning on getting the smaller 3x5 which I cant find anywhere. Now the 1/2 I can get just about anywhere.

    What should I do?
  2. jadziedzic

    jadziedzic Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    New Hampshire
    Buy lengths of 1/8" thick plywood - like the stuff sold for the front of cabinet toe kicks - rip it into 1-1/2 inch wide strips, and tack it to the surface of the studs where you're going to hang the 1/2 inch backer board. Screw the backer board to the shimmed studs.
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