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CCPupek 01-19-2010 11:57 AM

HELP Travertine flooring nightmare!!
I need your HELP before I flip out!! My friend's husband does all my contractor needs. He is currently struggling with my bedroom floor. As you might guess, the floor is uneven. He tried sanding areas...dust throughout the house. Then he triied to lay the tile, but areas were still uneven and the thinset was gushing out the sides. The Travertine is so heavy. Then he wasted some more of my cash on leveler...that didn't work. Then he tried extra thinset. Now he has brought 3 bags of mortar into the house. Imagine this if you will...the floor looks like doo-doo! Help, please before I choke him!!!!!:furious:


JazMan 01-19-2010 02:32 PM

Sorry to hear this. Obviously he is not a tile setter. Even many people that call themselves tile guys would have a tuff time with Travertine. Add the bad floor and you're wasting your money.

You need to stop everything, try to salvage whatever you can, then start over with a pro.


Bud Cline 01-19-2010 04:44 PM

It would be cheaper to just choke him and get it over with.:yes:

Don't let him add any mortar to anything. STOP the goings-on and let's talk about this. There are do's and don'ts to be considered with travertine. Travertine CAN NOT be installed everywhere. Your floor must meet certain specifications before you can expect the travertine to last for very long.

We can offer some guidlines to get through this if you would like to discuss it but for now...STOP HIM.:)

CCPupek 01-20-2010 07:09 AM

Travertine nightmare
Thanks, Bud and Jazman!! Couldn't sleep last night, but I told him to stop this morning. I have to go away for 3 weeks to train for a new govt contract job (fingers crossed), so I told him to take a break. He has all ready cut the tiles (didn't measure twice), so I know I will have to pay through the nose to get this done correctly. He has done regular tile work's just this!? Anyway thanks for your advice...I'm using it. It will give me time to get quotes. Any further assistance you can provide, will be appreciated...greatly!!!

Bud Cline 01-20-2010 09:19 AM

OK Good Deal!!!

Now, we will need a little information.

Is this an upstairs bedroom as in a two story home?
What is the square foot size of the room?
What size are the floor joists (assuming you can measure them from a basement or crawl space)?
What is the spacing of the floor joists?
What is the unsupported span of the floor joists.

I am asking because travertine (all natural stone) requires a floor structure that is twice as strong as what is required for ceramic tile. With the above information we can determine the "deflection" of your floor structure and further determine if it is suitable for a travertine installation. That's the first thing to do.

I ask about the location of the bedroom because in two story homes the upper floor structures are sometimes built lighter than the main floor structure. You won't be able to see the floor joists of the second floor so some creative estimating is sometimes necessary based on how the main floor was constructed.:)

I realized this is sounding a bit complicated but it really isn't that bad for those of us that do it all the time. This is the only way to INSURE a lasting installation.:)

Take your time, we'll be here when you return.:)

Leah Frances 01-20-2010 10:34 AM

Here's a nice example of a thread where contributing members came down hard with some bad news for the OP. However, the OP has a good attitude and will get, I am sure, lots of valuable help from the forum! Good work All!

Bud Cline 01-20-2010 04:45 PM


Here's a nice example of a thread where contributing members came down hard with some bad news for the OP.
Maybe it's bad news but it's better news that the OP has intervened, now we can fix it.

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