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Old 07-22-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Can Portland Cement Be used instead of Floor Leveler?


Just curious if I can use portland cement instead of floor leveler? Floor levler is extremely expensive and it says it contains portland cement. I have a plywood floor (3/4") That is slightly out of level where the boards meet. I want to use portland cement to even it out. I plan to put down hardee board and tile. The area that is bad is under the vanity anyway so its not really visible. Just curious if portland cement is ok for this. Should I use thinset instead?

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No, not by itself.

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How about mixing portland cement and mortar? Anything cheaper than floor leveler?
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How about mixing portland cement and mortar? Anything cheaper than floor leveler?
You could probably use some form of portland but make sure you use latex bonding agent in the mix. Is it a big area?

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The area is 1'x2' and its sunk about 1/4". I just cant to fill in the hole.
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Portland by itself will not bond--Some people use a layer or thinset and let it dry .

I have not tried that--however.


The hardy absolutely must have thinset under it to fill voids--you are going to have a bag of it for that
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For such a small area, you only need a kid's bucket of fine sand (to give it body) and a latex additive to make it stick. Use as little water as possible and go over with a floor leveler.

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Portland by itself will not bond--Some people use a layer or thinset and let it dry .

I have not tried that--however.


The hardy absolutely must have thinset under it to fill voids--you are going to have a bag of it for that
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Thinet and some bonding agent should do the trick.

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use some thinset, let it dry ,then carry on. I prelevel with thinset all the time
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You may be confusing portland cement with concrete. Portland cement by definition is the cementing agent used in concrete, and in certain types of mortar. Concrete also includes sand, aggregate and water, while mortar includes sand and water, no aggregate.

Portland cement by itself is very weak, I would never use it under tile. Mortar is much stronger, and perfectly suitable for use under tile as noted by others. Concrete is typically not used because the aggregate is too large for use under tile.

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