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Old 02-15-2014, 01:52 PM   #1
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Surface under tub uneven, how to fix?


So I test fitted my new tub and it has a tiny "rock" to it, rock as in moving. It rocks from end to end.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

The tub is porcelain on steel with a foam pad underneath.

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Many tub installs require you to pour a mortar bed underneath the tub for stability.

Or you may need to pour a floor leveler, let it harden and then complete you tub install.

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Well this one doesnt say anything about pouring anything underneath it. Can you do that with a tub that sits on a foam pad?

How hard is it to do that self leveling stuff?

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Well this one doesnt say anything about pouring anything underneath it. How hard is it to do that self leveling stuff?
Install tub on a smooth, level surface.
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I looked at some videos about self leveling compounds, it looks really invovled. Im not sure I could pull it off.

Would I have to put the stuff down in the whole bathroom or could I just do it where the tub sits?
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Just where the tub sits.
Those foam pads work great but the floor has to be level first.
If the tub moves it's going to crack.
Your gutting and redoing a whole bathroom, but leveling sounds to hard, hmm.
90% for any job to work out is in the prep work.
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Just where the tub sits.
Those foam pads work great but the floor has to be level first.
If the tub moves it's going to crack.
Your gutting and redoing a whole bathroom, but leveling sounds to hard, hmm.
90% for any job to work out is in the prep work.

Well ya, Ive never done it before, of course it sounds hard. lol.

So whats the process with this self leveling stuff?
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Self leveling compound--prime floor with the recommended primer--mix SLC with cold water--pour--spread it out--let it flow out ---


Most tubs are set into a shallow bed of wet masons mortar---
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I posted the directions on how to do it in my first post.
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Self leveling compound--prime floor with the recommended primer--mix SLC with cold water--pour--spread it out--let it flow out ---


Most tubs are set into a shallow bed of wet masons mortar---

What sort of tools would I need for the job?

And it appears you buy the primer separately?
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If you have a drill with a mixer attachment, you mix the compound and water by stirring it with the drill/mixer combo until it's mixed to a pancake batter type consistency. Then you pour it from the bucket and let it find its' own level. In other words, it is SELF-leveling. It will flow into the low areas and bring them up to a level with the rest of the floor.

Of course it helps to know where the low spots are so you can pour the leveler in the right area. I would put a level on the floor so you know where the low spots are. Gravity does all the work for you.
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If you have a drill with a mixer attachment, you mix the compound and water by stirring it with the drill/mixer combo until it's mixed to a pancake batter type consistency. Then you pour it from the bucket and let it find its' own level. In other words, it is SELF-leveling. It will flow into the low areas and bring them up to a level with the rest of the floor.

Of course it helps to know where the low spots are so you can pour the leveler in the right area. I would put a level on the floor so you know where the low spots are. Gravity does all the work for you.
I looked at some videos and they all had someone spreading it around with a gauge rake and then some kind of smoother paddle thing.

Some also had a spiked roller.
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The self-leveling compound is what you will need for that foam footing.Then set the tub on it once it's level and hardened. I don't believe a mortar bed will work with that foam base. I found the cast iron tub much simpler to level. It has four stubby feet that can be leveled with metal shims. It weighs over 300 pounds, but you don't have to worry about it cracking afterward.

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