02:05PM | 09/07/02
Member Since: 09/06/02
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I am putting in an entryway into our home and have just attached the backer board with adhesive and durock screws. I will be putting ceramic tiles on top of the backer board. My question is this: I cannot seem to get the screws to be completely flush with the backer board, I used a power drill. They are sticking up just slightly. Is this a problem or is this ok because I am puting the mortar on top of the board and screws. Any help would be appreciated...

Randy Colin

05:29PM | 09/07/02
Member Since: 04/14/01
43 lifetime posts
cehceh,No you can't leave it like this.First,you need to find out why the screws are sticking up.Could it be you are using a drill that is not charged enough?Therefore it is not able to drill the screws far enough in.Possibly you are hitting a steel beam.Or, possibly you are using screws that are too long and are drilling into floor joists that that have not been predrilled.


06:27PM | 09/07/02
Member Since: 09/06/02
2 lifetime posts
Thanks so much for your reply, I Will look into the drill charge first. IS it possible that the drill is not powerful enough, its a 9 volt drill and I noticed in a recent sales paper drills that are 18 volts....Thanks again for you help, I appreciate it
Take care

Randy Colin

03:25PM | 09/08/02
Member Since: 04/14/01
43 lifetime posts
cehceh,9-volt is pretty much the bottom end of drills.Even fully charged you will find it difficult to drill in the manner you are trying to.I have a 14-volt drill that I used for the same project that you are doing.If you can afford the 18-volt you should go for that.


06:17PM | 09/16/02
Member Since: 05/02/01
17 lifetime posts
I have found this same problem even with high powered drills when installing the screws into a very solid floor. It is a pain, but either back out the screws a few turns to make"another run" at it, or grind the heads flush with a hand grinder (not the prefered method)
Good Luck!
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