Wonderboard x2... okay?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Doohickie, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Doohickie

    Doohickie New Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    So... I was cleaning my shower Saturday and cleaned a little too hard... I pushed a couple tiles right through the (wet, rotten) greenboard it was glued to. I ended up taking that whole section of wall down. The original construction was studs, 1/2" sheetrock, 1/2" greenboard, tile.

    I added extra studs (there was only one in the ~30" span of wall), and I'm wondering.... is it okay to use two thicknesses of 1/2" Wonderboard, instead of sheetrock plus Wonderboard, behind the 4" wall tile?

    One sheet of Wonderboard would be enough, as opposed to buying some Wonderboard and a sheet of sheetrock.
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I think I would just fur out the studs so that one layer of 1/2" cement board will land where you need it to be
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Neither greenboard nor drywall should be used anywhere in a wet environment! You saw what happened, and it could be worse - lots of mold can rot out the structure behind. Any version of cbu should be okay, but the recommendation is to put a layer of vapor retarder behind it on the studs (plastic or roofing felt). Lap that over the tub's tiling flange. Caulk changes of plane, do not grout.
  5. Doohickie

    Doohickie New Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    It wasn't as bad as it could have been. The greenboard was bad, but the wallboard behind it, while soft, was still white and not discolored. The wood behind it looked brand new.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll stick to the original plan and put up 2 thicknesses of Wonderboard. I already have the stuff and don't plan on using it for anything else. I got the longest screws so they should stay in place okay. The roof felt is a good idea!
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