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Old 02-17-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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I've installed 8mm laminate flooring on top of old unrepairable 3/4" maple flooring. The maple is on top of old slat flooring and it seems pretty solid. I want to install tile in the small 6'x4' entryway ajacent to the laminate flooring. After putting down thinset and hardie along with the tile I suspect the tile will sit up at least 1/2 inch above the laminate floor. If the laminate was higher than the tile I'd know what to do, but since it's the other way around I'm kind of stumped as to how to fix this transition. I've included a picture which is not 100% to scale but you should get the idea.

What are my best options for addressing this situation?
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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have you looked in to ditra?. instead of backer board. it is alot thinner.

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Old 02-17-2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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have you looked in to ditra?. instead of backer board. it is alot thinner.
Actually I thought about Ditra. Unfortunately I'd still need to lay out thinset on bottom and on top and I'd still have a significant offset I believe. Wouldn't you think?

My real concern is figuring out how to interface with the laminate flooring. Due to it's expansion requirements I really can't fix anything to it. I'm stumped.
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using ditra you should be able to install a t-mold instead of a reducer.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:42 AM   #5
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If I go with Ditra, should I use a modified thinset bewteen the Maple subfloor and the membrane, followed by an unmodified thinset bewteen the ditra and the tile?

Not having used Ditra before it seems that the Ditra would be very close to the existing subfloor after pressing it into the thinset. How long do I need to wait after installing the Ditra before I start laying the tile?
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I've been all over town looking for Ditra. No one seems to sell it around here. Not even the tile shops. I asked a clerk at Lowes if they sold it and he said they sell a competing product and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it. It looked like Ditra only it was Brown. It came in a 54 sq' roll and was priced at $77/roll.

I can't find it on the Lowes website and can't seem to find the product online. I'd recognize the name if I heard it

Anyone familiar with a Ditra Clone thats available at Lowes?
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Have you check home depot ? The ones in Seattle carry Ditra
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Have you check home depot ? The ones in Seattle carry Ditra
For some reason I have 2 Lowes in my town but no home depots. Closest is about 35 miles away. So I usually only stop there when I'm passing through. Would it be worth a special trip or do you think the stuff Lowes sells is comparable?
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Depending on what you are tiling over, the Ditra may be able to be layed down with a mastic adhesive instead of thinset.

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