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    We are DIY-ers hoping to retile our bathroom, but have hit a snag with getting the walls level as the old adhesive and plaster is a bit of a nightmare to remove. We have a hammer drill with a chisel bit to get the adhesive off the concreted shower recess (the two grey walls), and a bolster and mallet to get the white plaster and other bits off the rest of the walls so it's down to the "sand" walls. Is there an easier, faster way to get the surface level? Skim coat (please advise product to use) or villaboard? How would we attach the villaboard? The shower will be moved over the bath and we have been advised to prime the walls with something like Bondcrete, waterproofing obviously around the shower area. We're tiling with 300x600 rectified tiles all the way up to the ceiling and were advised to keep the thickness of the tile adhesive to no more than 20mm to maintain its structural integrity. If we had to tile over such an uneven surface is it easier to apply the adhesive to the wall, instead of to the tile? Any advice and tips is greatly appreciated! We are in a huge rush to get it finished (guests coming in 3 weeks) and don't have the budget to pay someone (were quoted $1,300 to tile no prep included). Thanks in advance!

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    Please take care copying your posts from other forums.
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    Photos please?

    20mm glue thickness sounds like too much to me. I see you're Perth based.
    Without photos I'm guessing that what you have is areas where the render has come off the brick when removing the tiles. All you need to do is use mortar mix to fill these voids prior to tiling...but, without photos????
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David.Elliott View Post
    Photos please?
    There is a link to the images at the end of the post.

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    yep, mortar mix...

    Didn't even try the link, they've never worked for me before...
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

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