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I would recommend leaving the tile in place (if it is aesthetically acceptable) in case you (or a future owner) ever want to change back to a traditional vent hood; the micros do not last forever either, a future change of style or brand will likely be a different size.


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If I ever had to tile a heart shaped tub (and God willing someday I will) I would be looking at the Schluter Kerdi system. They have a great website with videos, pdf's of installation procedures, and videos demonstrating techniques. And their products are easier to work with than traditional cemetitious backers. They even have a board specifically made for ...


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If you want to cut Hardiboard on a curve just use an angle grinder with an old diamond blade on it. Will cut it like butter. You will need goggles and a very good mask though - and do it outside.


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I have used HardieBacker, Wonderboard and Durock and I'd use 1/4 Wonderboard in this application. IIRC, it is the most ductile (bends before it breaks) of the three. On a stair subject to being kicked, you may want to use two sheets of quarter inch (the same trick for bending drywall) with troweled mortar between them. Basically, backerboard easily lets you ...


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A jigsaw fitted with a carbide or metal cutting blade will cut through the backer board without a problem. Sounds like a pretty long cut, so you may go through a few blades. But those are cheap. However, the dust created is not healthy. At a minimum, do all the cutting outside and if it were me, I'd use a respirator.



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