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Old 02-23-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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I am installing ceramic tile in a basement bath. The current floor is just the concrete slab. Do I need to put 1/4" cement board or Hardibacker between the tile and slab? Or can I just set the tile directly on the concrete? There are all sorts of scarey article out there about floor sealers, moisture and steel trowels, so I figured I should ask.

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Old 02-23-2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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Do not use backer board over cement. You can tile directly over clean cement. That means no paint, sealers or chemicals. If the cement contains any of those, grind down to fresh cement, then tile.
If you really want some kind of underlayment, look at Ditra.

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You do not install cement backers to concrete.....ever. If the slab is in good shape, flat and no cracks, you can thinset the tiles direct. It is better to install a membrane like Ditra first, but not necessary if it's in good shape.

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Excellent... less time and expense to apply it directly. This is a 10 year old slab in good condition, so thin set directly to it it is. Many thanks!
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This answered my unasked question as well. Thanks
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