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dakotaxyz 03-28-2011 02:41 PM

remodeling
 
the project we want to do now involves one of our bathrooms. after removing the carpet/padding/tack strip we discovered the concrete floor has a fine crack approx five inches in size. it is a fine crack with one side just a touch higher than the other side. my question is what steps should we take to fix this problem.
dakota

Gary in WA 03-28-2011 08:31 PM

I'll move you to B&C where you will get faster answers....

Gary

rossfingal 03-28-2011 08:35 PM

Hi! Dakotaxyz

A picture(s) would help!
What are you going to put on the floor?

Regards! :)
rossfingal

Bud Cline 03-28-2011 08:42 PM

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What are you going to put on the floor?
There's the first question.:)

dakotaxyz 03-29-2011 12:40 PM

remodeling renamed bathroom
 
we will be putting tavertine tile on the bathroom floor. and after checking again the crack is even and not one side higher than the other as i was told.

Bud Cline 03-29-2011 05:06 PM

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My question is what steps should we take to fix this problem.
If you are sure the crack doesn't have a heaving side to it there is no fix required. At the very least however I would suggest you use an isolation product of some kind. Something like Schluter DITRA will work but if the floor heaves slightly all bets are off.:) Travertine wouldn't be the best product to use under the circumstances.:) It is very vulnerable to movement. I think I would use DITRA and install the tile with Custom's Megaflex thinset for an extra measure of safety.:)

dakotaxyz 03-29-2011 11:22 PM

remodeling renamed bathroom
 
since u don't think travertine is a good choice for this room now. what do you recommend? the store where i took a tile class recommended that i use fiberglass and hydroflex to fix the problem. what is your opinion about this fix? also is using a floor leveling substance a good or bad idea as the floor is a little slanted, just a little.

Bud Cline 03-30-2011 05:14 PM

Travertine in its natural form comes with imperfections that are mostly hidden. Travertine is also a soft stone as rocks go. It is a beautiful product and of course very popular right now but considerations are in order when deciding whether or not to use it.

Since you already have a crack and you probably don't know if this crack moves a little it is conceivable that travertine may not be the better choice. There are a lot of porcelain tiles available that mimic travertine beautifully and that may be the better choice in your case. Check out the porcelain and see what you think.

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The store where i took a tile class recommended that i use fiberglass and hydroflex to fix the problem.
Fiberglass? Fiberglass what?
What is "Hydroflex"? Is that the name of the manufacturer? Is it a thinset mortar? I know of Hydroment. But according to Google Hydroflex makes cameras and surf boards and automotive hoses and there is a Hydroflex Hydraulic system but I didn't turn up any tile related Hydroflex anything.:).

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What is your opinion about this fix?
I already suggested the use of DITRA.

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Also is using a floor leveling substance a good or bad idea as the floor is a little slanted, just a little.
A lot of patching products sport the name "floor levelling compound"...
I'm not much help if I don't have some brand names to go by.:)


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