Im in the process of gutting a tiny half bath and Im about to tile the
floor. After pulling up the original flooring and cleaning it, I did a
quick dry layout of some of the tiles and noticed that a few spots in
the floor were not 100% level. At this point I put down 1/4 inch
backerboard to try an dlevel the floor. Unfortunately the problem is
still there. Can I get away with going a little heavy with the thinset
in the uneven areas? I know there are self leveling compounds, but I'd
like to avoid that if possible.
Most of my ideas are either way too involved, or dead wrong. But, what if
you installed a temporary wooden frame around the edges, there the molding
would normally be, and pour in a thin layer of concrete, enough to level the
entire floor? Remove the frame, replace with molding.....
Sounds like an application for vinyl flooring. Works for uneven floors and
thinner, too, since you have a floor height concern. You can get some really
great remnants for your small space, some of the currently available flooring is
quite nice looking. I do love tile and have it everywhere reasonable for a NE
U.S. home (upstairs entryway, kitchen floor and backplash, bathroom floor and
walls). But downstairs where I have an uneven slab, I have tile-look vinyl in
two entryway areas. There are other looks if you don't like tile-look that
isn't actually tile.
Don't push tile too hard - it will crack if the floor isn't flat and stable
enough. At least in the grout lines.
On 12 Feb 2007 07:20:32 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Easily pop a chalk line in a few areas around the room..... lack of
chalk on the floor might indicate the low areas needing level.
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Does the entire floor slant, or are there just low spots? How much
difference between the lowest and highest spots?
When we had rooms tiled, the installer put thinset on thicker to slant
some tiles so they would be level with the adjoining terrazzo floor.
The slant is not noticeable at all, but the added depth is probably only
about 1/4" or 3/8".
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