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Old 09-14-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Basement floor options. Two drains and one transition


I have a house built in the 50s. There are two drains in the basement. One is located in a 4 foot hallway adjacent to the laundry and furnace. The other is located 4 feet from the outside door in the kitchen area. Lastly, there is a transition from the old basement exterior door threshold to the new addition's concrete pad. The old basement floor is approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch higher than the addition's slab.

I am trying to figure out the best way to finish the floor with tile.
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I have a house built in the 50s. There are two drains in the basement. One is located in a 4 foot hallway adjacent to the laundry and furnace. The other is located 4 feet from the outside door in the kitchen area. Lastly, there is a transition from the old basement exterior door threshold to the new addition's concrete pad. The old basement floor is approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch higher than the addition's slab.

I am trying to figure out the best way to finish the floor with tile.
What exactly do you want to know,and what kind of tile are you going to install,makes a big difference for anyone trying to give you a logical answer.

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The plan is ceramic tile. The kitchen is connected to the laundry room and we want to keep the same tile throughout. The kitchen laundry room connection is in the picture. In one picture you can see the difference in floor height and the drain at the bottom. I'm trying to figure out how to tile across this uneven floor. I don't know if I can attempt to blend the two together or go with an uneven section with some kind of custom oak transition. I just need ideas.
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I think that whatever floor you install, is going to crack right at the crack that separate the 2 different slabs, and the same thing is likely to happen to the crack that goes straight to the drain. In that case leave a small gap between the 2 tile floor, and fill it with caulking with the same color as the grout. I don't recommend using wood over concrete, is a weak material, expanding and contracting all the time with humidity changes.
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You could maybe consider doing some sort of an underlay on the concrete that is lower to help build it up. This way you might be able to get it all to be the same height. I know their are underlays available, I am just sure their are any that will allow you to build it up quite this much. Maybe some who specializes in tile can chime in.
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You can build it up using self-leveling concrete (a very liquid type of cement). Just keep the slopes around the drain.
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It would be kind of hard using self leveling concrete in that area that the door was,as you have that drain to contend with,and raising it would create a problem raising the drain to the new floor level.

If it were me i would install the tile on the existing concrete floors,and where the different levels meet,i'd use a wood transition strip,for the 1/2 to 3/4 inch height difference,your also going to need to raise your drain strainers to the new floor levels,there's a kit for that,or you can just use spacers and longer screws.

http://tiletools.com/us/extend-o-dra...extension-kit/


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