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Old 04-09-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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I put some Dap flexible floor leveler on my bathroom floor and after 24 hrs it is still not dry. I know it is supposed to be flexible but with this stuff, you can dent it with your thumb. I called the manufacturer and they said to let it set up some more although it is supposed to harden in six hours. It has hardened at the edges however. At the thickest, it is about 1/4" thick. I am going to install tile over it. Anybody have any experience with this stuff?

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Old 04-09-2008, 09:49 PM   #2
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I am going to install tile over it.
Not ceramic tile I hope!!!!!

If so...get rid of that stuff, take it out and use a suitable filler.

What are you doing anyway?

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According to the directions of the bucket, you are supposed to be able to put ceramic tile over it. The guy at Lowes said you could also. I'm thinking I got a bad batch of it, as you are supposed to be able to press a coin on it without any indentation. This stuff is like putty.
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What is the best floor leveler to use on plywood if you are going to put a floating hardwood floor over top
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Shim shingles. Even the best resilient floor patch will bust up eventually under a floating floor.
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Theres no such thing as a good batch of that stuff.

Are you patching plywood and installing tile over it??
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I'm installing on ceramic tile on concrete. This stuff is so pliable I should be able to scrape it up fairly easily. What is a good floor leveler. I've got a dip about a foot and a half by three feet to fill, and roughly a quarter inch at its deepest point.
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yes scrape that crap out of there.

Any portland based patch will work for you . Ardex, Mapiae (sp?) and Henrys all make one
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Latecrete makes a floor leveler. It's sold at Lowes on LI. You prime the surface with the included bottle and mix the stuff up to pancake batter consistancy and pour it on the floor. Basically self leveling, you just feather the edges. Rock hard in under two hours.
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Thanks guys for all your input. I took Mike's advice and got some Henry's floor patch and leveler. I took up that other crap and will put this down. Learned a lesson about floor leveling. One other question. I have heard it is a good idea to put a sealer on the concrete before laying your tile. Wondering if I should put it down before I pour the floor leveler or after?
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NEVER install ceramic tile on sealed concrete, NEVER! Bad idea!
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NEVER install ceramic tile on sealed concrete, NEVER! Bad idea!
You have me curious. Why not?
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The vinyl that I took up was moist on the underside, which made me think moisture was coming up through the concrete slab, thus the thought of putting sealer down.


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If you seal it, good luck getting your tile to stick to the sealer.
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If you are thinking you are going to seal the moisture IN, you're not. Tile adhesion products don't like sealer, you never install ceramic tile over a sealed concrete surface.

If there is moisture rising naturally and the slab is in otherwise good condition then you want to let it rise, it will escape through the grout joints.

Vinyl would serve as a barrier and collect the rising moisture. I'm surprised you aren't faced with a bunch of mold and mildew. That won't happen with tile.

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