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I saw somewhere that the rough side should face out in case of thinset and smooth in case of mastic. I hung some boards randomly before knowing so some smooth sides are facing out and I'll be using thinset.

Does it matter to the extent that I really need to redo?

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According to the James Hardie Website FAQ, either side is fine to use. However, they recommend smooth side to be up and nailed every 8" on center.

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  • I agree. They put a little more effort into finishing one side more smoothly just to make troweling easier, but it won't affect the outcome of the project. – isherwood Feb 14 '19 at 18:22
  • Okay, so I don't need to redo, correct? – amphibient Feb 14 '19 at 18:34
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    Not unless you are just really OCD and it will keep you up nights. – Jerry_Contrary Feb 14 '19 at 18:35
  • I am slightly OCD, LOL – amphibient Feb 14 '19 at 18:49

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