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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

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 1/4 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 1/4 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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Dimensions

Product Thickness (in.) 
0.25 
Product Width (in.) 
36 
Width (ft) x Length (ft) 

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Product Weight (lb.) 
29.54 lb 

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Placing Porcine floor tile onto concrete in a garage turned family room. Do I thin set the Cement Board to the cement floor of the garage?

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I'm assuming since the screws penetrate the cement board they will penetrate the cement garage floor as well. Is this a fact based assumption or should I used a different method?
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July 24, 2016
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If the cement floor you are going to lay tile onto is sound and free of cracks you can use thin set to set your tile directly to it. You can add acrylic to it for a better bond of get thin set with it already in it. If you have cracks in the floor start with a "Slip Sheet" over the cracks.
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June 17, 2016
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I have not done a tile onto cement floor yet -- maybe this fall -- but my expectation are that the screws will be of no use. The only possible way the screws could work is predrilling holes in the cement floor -- one big pain.
So my expectations are, that the thin-set between the cement floor and Hardiebacker is mandatory. but how do you get the board to lay FLAT.
Note, the term Cement Backer Board is
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I have not done a tile onto cement floor yet -- maybe this fall -- but my expectation are that the screws will be of no use. The only possible way the screws could work is predrilling holes in the cement floor -- one big pain.
So my expectations are, that the thin-set between the cement floor and Hardiebacker is mandatory. but how do you get the board to lay FLAT.
Note, the term Cement Backer Board is a misnomer -- they are not solid like cement and are reinforced with some sort of fibers.
Do some research -- Google -- I am reading that one should not even use cement backerboards over concrete floors.
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June 17, 2016
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Sorry, we do not have any approved methods to attach the Backer to a concrete floor. Our product is only approved and warranted over wood sub floors.
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June 16, 2016
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Different method. If the converted garage floor slab doesn't have cracks in it, you can lay tile right over it. If it has minor cracks, you should use an isolation membrane, not a cement-board underlayment, underneath the tile. You might want to look into Schluter Ditra.
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Can i use this to make a shower pan?

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May 12, 2016
How do I use this to make a shower pan? plywood > thinset > hardiebacker > thinset> liner > thinset > tile?
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June 6, 2016
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Absolutely NOT. WHY EVEN ASK THAT QUESTION. PERHAPS YOU MAY BE CONSIDERING MAKING A SHOWER PAN MOLD. (WHICH YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER DO WITH BACKER BOARD) PLEASE HIRE A PROFESSIONAL.
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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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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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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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Will you cut it at the store?

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July 21, 2016
I need the board cut in half
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July 25, 2016
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You should discuss your custom cutting needs with an Associate at your local Home Depot.
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The store does not cut the boards.
However, cutting 1/4-inch HardieBacker with a utility knife is not too difficult -- you just score it a few times and snap it. Here's a video by the manufacturer showing the process.
That being said, if you want a really precise cut, your best alternative is fitting a fiber-cement blade in a circular saw and setting up an edge guide. This method generates quite a Read More
The store does not cut the boards.
However, cutting 1/4-inch HardieBacker with a utility knife is not too difficult -- you just score it a few times and snap it. Here's a video by the manufacturer showing the process.
That being said, if you want a really precise cut, your best alternative is fitting a fiber-cement blade in a circular saw and setting up an edge guide. This method generates quite a but of harmful dust, so you should wear a particulate respirator while you do it, even something as basic as a disposable N95 or P95 dust mask.
There are many other ways to cut HardieBacker, but none of them are as easy as scoring and snapping or as precise as the circular-saw approach, unless you put one of the big blades into a table saw, which I wouldn't recommend. Read Less
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You should discuss your custom cutting needs with an Associate at your local Home Depot.
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Can I use this to make frame for Kitchen Cabinates/Doors

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Can I use to make frame for Kitchen Cabinates/Doors
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July 19, 2016
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No. This is cement board. You lay floor tile on it. You cannot successfully build face frames for cabinets out of this material, and you cannot successfully make slab cabinet doors out of it.
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No, cement board would not be an appropriate material to make a cabinet door frame. I would suggest 1X appearance boards.
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July 19, 2016
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Sorry, it cannot be used to make a frame for cabinet doors
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 32 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good backer board I've used Hardie board on two different bathrooms and haven't had any problems with it. I always use their screws as well. It cuts fairly easily and provides a great platform to tile on. July 17, 2016
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 backer board This backer board is really well made....lays down flat & easy to use. Hubby watched the video at how to cut this board & you score & snap to break apart. The backer board screws go in nicely except when you get to close to the corners they split apart. June 14, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Used it once; never again I'll be contrarian to the rave reviews of this product. It does a have some good points: It is easy to cut and install. It's less messy to work with than real cement board. That's about it for the upsides. Real cement board, like Durock, is superior in every other way. The main problem I had with the Hardie product is that thinset simply does not stick to it very well. Follow the directions, and you'll note they have a lot to say about cleaning and pre-moistening it, which indicates to me that there is a problem. I found it was difficult to get the thinset to stick well when trying to spread it on this board. I found it necessary to really wet the board to get anything near acceptable spreading results. It does not have the pores to grab the thinset like real cement board does. It is also not nearly as rigid, which is bad. Why pay more for a board that is made from paper, among cement and other things, when you can get 100% real cement board for less? June 14, 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 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
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