First, I had to uninstall EVERYTHING. Everything includes the sink and toilet and baseboard. This is the ONLY bathroom in the house... what was I THINKING?
Our new kitchen chair
Removing the sink
This is what the walls look like underneath the baseboards.
First, we cut out the drywall six inches from the floor to accommodate the new cement board. I discovered an old mouse nest, complete with book order forms from the 1980's, a business card for a plumber, and the original floor to the next room, hidden under plywood and carpet.
Then, we cut the HardieBacker into 6 inch strips.
Kirby helped cut with the utility knife
After cutting and dry-laying everything, we spread thinset with a 1/4 trowel, laid the HardieBacker on top, and then screwed it down every 4 inches or so, according to the directions. I'm reading directions more carefully these days.
We then replaced the toilet, flushed it, and... WAIT! There's water EVERYWHERE!
After a quick last minute trip to Home Depot 5 minutes before closing for a new wax ring, we have a working toilet!
The (somewhat) finished product...
Tips and Hints:
- This is the best tool. It does EVERYTHING! I used it to scrape caulk.
- Don't cut the hardiebacker inside. The dust is caustic. It HURTS!
- When a screw doesn't "screw", don't keep trying and strip the ONLY drill bit you have that fits those screws, forcing yet another trip to Home Depot.
- Don't force the HardieBacker into any tight spots. It will break. You will cry, since it is $10 a sheet. Then, you will pretend you never broke it, and lay it down anyway.
- Always replace the wax ring on a toilet whenever you mess with the floor height. Even if it is only 1/4 inch!
- Hardibacker- Freecycle and Lowes
- Thinset- All About Floors (a local tile shop)
- Diamond blade- Lowes
- Wax toilet ring and drill bits- Home Depot
- HardiBacker- $20
- Thinset- $18
- Diamond Blade- $5
- Wax Ring- $5
- Drill Bits- $2