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James Hardie

Model # 220022

Internet # 100183556

Store SKU # 180869

HardieBacker 3 ft. x 5 ft. x 1/4 in. Cement Backerboard

$11.87 / each
If you buy 30 or more
$10.68 / each
  • Easy to cut for customization
  • Lightweight
  • Protects your underlayment against moisture and mold

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Model # 220022

Internet # 100183556

Store SKU # 180869

HardieBacker cement board is a tile underlayment made for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms. This cement-based backer board, made of 90% Portland cement and sand, resists damage from moisture and mold and provides excellent tile adhesion. Its formulation and structure results in the ideal combination of strength, uniform composition and performance that no other backer board can provide. HardieBacker cement board was made to be easier to work with so that regardless of how you cut your board, the result is less debris.  To make installation simpler, the ¼ in. x 3 ft. x 5 ft. sheets have James Hardie’s exclusive EZ Grid recessed fastener pattern to help with nail and screw placement. HardieBacker cement board’s superior strength and durability delivers a solid foundation for tile jobs to help protect your work and reputation. James Hardie stands behind HardieBacker cement board with a limited lifetime product warranty.

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  • America's #1 selling brand of cement backerboard
  • HardieBacker ¼ in. cement board is best used for floors and countertops
  • Made Better - provides a solid foundation for your tile with up to 3 times the compressive strength of competitive board
  • Installs better - cuts cleaner for tighter seam lines and less debris
  • Performs better - unique formulation delivers a product with outstanding resistance to moisture and mold
  • Score and Snap the board by making 2-3 passes with a utility knife or a carbide tipped blade, place one hand and knee firmly along the score line, then use the opposite hand to pull the board up
  • Cut HardieBacker cement board with snapper shears instead of a grinder for the same clean, sharp edges for straight seam lines while significantly reducing the amount of dust in your work environment
  • Limited lifetime product warranty

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SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Product Length (in.) 
60 
Product Thickness (in.) 
0.25 
Product Width (in.) 
36 
Details
Commercial / Residential 
Residential 
Flooring Product Type 
Backer Board 
Form 
Fiber cement 
Moisture Resistant 
Yes 
Product Weight (lb.) 
29.54 lb 
Warranty / Certifications
ASTM D 3273 test results 
10 
Manufacturer Warranty 
Limited Lifetime 

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Can i use this to make a shower pan?

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How do I use this to make a shower pan? plywood > thinset > hardiebacker > thinset> liner > thinset > tile?
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May 16, 2016
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Sorry, we do not have any recommendation on using our product to make a shower pan.
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May 14, 2016
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No, No, No, Hardiebacker is for flat tile surfaces and your shower pan needs to be slopped to drain.
Google "how to make a shower pan".
Using your shorthand it is more like:
plywood>deck-mud>liner>deck-mud>thinset>tile
Note, deck-mud is a special type of concrete with no gravel; it will end up quite thick and thicker at the outer edges.
I forget what drain slope you want (1/4 inch per foot seems
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No, No, No, Hardiebacker is for flat tile surfaces and your shower pan needs to be slopped to drain.
Google "how to make a shower pan".
Using your shorthand it is more like:
plywood>deck-mud>liner>deck-mud>thinset>tile
Note, deck-mud is a special type of concrete with no gravel; it will end up quite thick and thicker at the outer edges.
I forget what drain slope you want (1/4 inch per foot seems right), slopping to the three-way drain.
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May 13, 2016
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Hi, aw. The short answer is that you can't use this to make a shower pan. Hardiebacker will not hold up in any shower pan. This product can be used for shower walls.
A traditional shower pan is built up over a plywood subfloor out of deck mud and a vinyl liner. The building sequence is complicated and requires significant study or, far better, real-world training before you try it. Oatey is a
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Hi, aw. The short answer is that you can't use this to make a shower pan. Hardiebacker will not hold up in any shower pan. This product can be used for shower walls.
A traditional shower pan is built up over a plywood subfloor out of deck mud and a vinyl liner. The building sequence is complicated and requires significant study or, far better, real-world training before you try it. Oatey is a highly-respected maker of products related to these pans (and general plumbing supplies). This is a link to their YouTube video on how to build a traditional mud pan. You will need much more information if you go ahead and try to build such a pan, and there are a few non-Oatey products that can help you greatly in certain parts of your installation, but this video should give you a basic idea of the process. Good luck!
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Can this be used with vinyl peel and stick tiles?

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May 16, 2016
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Yes, but you should check with the manufacture of the vinyl tile to verify that their adhesive will stick to fiber cement board.
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May 10, 2016
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Various versions of this question have been asked before; "James Hardie" has answered "yes, but check with the manufacture of the vinyl tile to verify that their adhesive will stick to fiber cement board".
My expectation is NO -- the peel and stick adhesive wants a better surface to stick to.
I moved on to real tile and thin set decades ago.
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May 9, 2016
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Probably, but you wouldn't need it for peel and stick vinyl. You can just attack those directly to a piece of thin plywood stapled on top of whatever subfloor you have, or even directly to the subfloor, if it is plywood. This is backerboard for ceramic or natural stone tile: it's not intended for that operation.
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I"m putting the backer board on hardwod floors so I can apply ceramic tile. My floor measures 180 sq ft. or 11x15, How many boards do I need?
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November 28, 2015
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12 boards. Get the 3'x5'x1/4 Hardie Backer Boards.
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Each board is 3' x 5', or 15 square feet, so you should be able to do it with 12 boards. It is theoretically possible to get that into 11' x 15' with no waste. The easiest arrangement for this in an 11' x 15' floor is to stagger the boards lengthwise in 3 full rows of 3' x 5' and 1 cut row of 2' x 5'. So you'll need 12 boards, and the last board of the cut row will be the two 1' x 5' pieces put side by Read More
Each board is 3' x 5', or 15 square feet, so you should be able to do it with 12 boards. It is theoretically possible to get that into 11' x 15' with no waste. The easiest arrangement for this in an 11' x 15' floor is to stagger the boards lengthwise in 3 full rows of 3' x 5' and 1 cut row of 2' x 5'. So you'll need 12 boards, and the last board of the cut row will be the two 1' x 5' pieces put side by side. The should not compromise your floor's integrity at all. I've attached a drawing of what this would look like. Please note: "Waste" in the drawing means using the 1' x 5' the cut pieces from your 2' x 5' boards. Good luck! Read Less
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September 25, 2015
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Approximatly 12 but that will depend on the lay out of the floor. You might need to use a few more.
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Thickness

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Can someone give me an example of a time where they may have used the 1/2" thick over the 1/4" thick board?
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The 1/2" is for wall installations, the 1/4" is for floor and countertop installations.
The 1/2" is actually 0.41", a bit thinner than 1/2". This makes it easier to tile over the seam between the cement board and drywall abutting the cement board. The 1/2" board, being thicker than the 1/4" board, also resists bending better -- it has less flex. This makes shower wall installations much Read More
The 1/2" is for wall installations, the 1/4" is for floor and countertop installations.
The 1/2" is actually 0.41", a bit thinner than 1/2". This makes it easier to tile over the seam between the cement board and drywall abutting the cement board. The 1/2" board, being thicker than the 1/4" board, also resists bending better -- it has less flex. This makes shower wall installations much sturdier.
Theoretically speaking, I suppose you could use the 1/4" for shower wall installations and tub surrounds, as I believe the manufacturer is advocating here, although the same is not recommended in their official literature. But I would not trust the 1/4" cement board used in shower wall installation, even installed with blocking between the wall studs at the lip of the tub/shower base and the wall, to last for a long-term installation.
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August 31, 2015
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Either can be used for floor, wall or counter installation.
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At first I thought you were asking about doing a double layer, but there would never be a need for that.
I have indeed used the 1/2 inch ones for a remodel of our master bedroom master bath. I dismantled the 30x48 inch single piece fiberglass shower stall. Then for added strength and to match the thickness of the remaining drywall, I attached the 1/2 inch boards to the 2x6 on 2-foot center studs.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BE SURE AND WET IT Most def wet the Hardi surface before install. Tiled over concrete directly first, so had all the time in the world before the thinset mortar set up. Then went upstairs over plywood subfloor and installed this Hardi board – wow even when wetting the board first – you have little time to set tile before it sucks the moisture out of the thinset. Really like the size – 2 sheets do the typical 6x6 bathroom. Tiled a counter top and 1 sheet was perfect. I found my favorite tool, a Bosch oscillating saw will easily make cutouts for toilet flanges, heat registers, sinks or other tough cuts with minimal dust creation. Use the carbide blade, at half speed, do it outside with a box fan and wear a mask. Speaking of setting toilets – use the Danco Perfect seal hybrid wax/rubber seal – you will be glad you did. April 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great board used this tile for the 1st time under a marble floor about 10 years ago. Floor still looks great with no cracks at all even with 4 kids dropping things on it. 1/4 size is great so there isn't a big height difference between floors. I'll never go back to regular rockboard. February 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good material I will always use this product when tiling. Quality. January 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good stuff This is easy to put town and has a good surface design to hold on to that tile so it doesn't move around on you once installed. Had no problems with it splitting/breaking while being drilled, and cutting was easy. A bit expensive if you ask me, but will do the job. November 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice under tile Used this backerboard under about 500 square feet of tiling. Having never tiled before this was easy to use. August 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to install over old subfloor! I needed to do a 425 square foot tiling job. The subfloor was 2 layers of 3/4" plywood (for a total of 1-1/2" thickness), which was nailed/screwed to floor joists. This subfloor was still strong, but it was old, dirty, wavy, and a bit rotten at the surface. I replaced the most rotten sections of subfloor to be safe, but could not afford to replace the whole subfloor. I also could not afford to clean the subfloor via sanding. So, these HardieBacker boards saved the day! These boards are secured to the subfloor with both thin-set AND corrosion resistant screws. The thin-set helped to level the wavy areas, and the screws ensured a secure attachment to the subfloor in the dirty locations. Here are the exact materials I used: 1) This hardiebacker board Model # 220022. 2) Thin-set mortar Model # CBTSG50 (to bond the hardiebacker board to the subfloor). 3) Corrosion resistant cement board screws Model # 23410. 4) Thin-set mortar Model # MTSG50 (to fill the gaps between the hardiebacker board and to bond the tiles to the hardiebacker board). 5) 2" cement board tape Model # FDW8246-U (this tape is pressed into the wet thin-set mortar when filling the gaps between the hardiebacker board). IMPORTANT NOTES: 1 bag of thin-set mortar provides JUST enough material to lay 4 hardiebacker panels. 150 screws are JUST enough to secure 3 hardiebacker panels. The official HardieBacker website has awesome videos to guide your installation. Good luck! December 24, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cracker Board I was used to traditional 1/2" cement board but saw this light weight, smaller board and thought this 1/4" board looked great. I liked the markings and overall appearance, but found it very difficult and fragile. When screwing it on place for a shower conversion, it often cracked and disintegrated. I was cutting an opening for a light switch and the panel broke in three pieces. I now call it "cracker board". I won't touch this stuff again. June 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Build up for shower curb I used this to cap a shower curb made of 2x4s. This was my first time using cement boards. I had trouble using the snap method for pieces narrower than 4". Even when it did work, the edges were more ragged than I wanted. I also used a jig saw to cut pieces out (wearing a dust mask and outside). A blade with large teeth worked best. July 28, 2015
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