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Old 07-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys, newbie on the forum, just a quick question for those of you with a few years on me.

I'm renovating a friends kitchen and bathroom in a first floor apartment. I started removing the bath floortile today when I realized there is no real subfloor, just cemented beer bottles with broken tile and 10" of thinset to make the shower base.

I removed most of it and am now left with broken up cement/thinset/tile with solid concrete in some places.

I'm going to be putting down porcelain tile, so my two choices are:

Frame a wood subfloor, put down plywood, put down cement board, thinset tile.

OR

level out, Pour a concrete slab with a broom finish and thinset the tile to that.

I'm leaning for the latter, as it's less work, easier and would make more sense I think.

Comments?

If I go with the slab, will portland/ sand/ water work or should I use a latex additive?

There is a basement below so moisture is not a big concern (at least i don't think)

Any thickness recommendations? There is a cement base in some places so I shouldn't have to go too thick, right?

Thanks for any help guys,

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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You opened up a big can of worms. i think pouring concrete is your only real option. But you need to take down all the wood framing first.

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You opened up a big can of worms. i think pouring concrete is your only real option. But you need to take down all the wood framing first.

My other only option was to put down a third layer of tile over tile that was cracking/ falling apart over a subfloor that was never done properly in the first place.

wood framing only goes a foot into the bathroom (extends out from the hallway) not a big problem

Also think a wire mesh would be a good idea in the concrete, correct?
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