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Old 03-26-2011, 03:06 AM   #1
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I am tiling the bathroom floor. The subfloor is 3/4" plywood which I supported underneath from the crawlspace. I will be using 1/4 wonderboard and self leveling cement from homedepot.
At home depo I was told to level the floor first and than lay wonderboard. I think I should lay down the wonderboard in a bed of mortar first and than use the self leveling cement on top of the wonderboard???
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You are right---Cement board first---level after---
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At home depo I was told to level the floor first and than lay wonderboard.
No way that can be done.

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I think I should lay down the wonderboard in a bed of mortar first and than use the self leveling cement on top of the wonderboard???
Your method is correct.

But, why do you need cement board at all. SLC will serve the same purpose, pour it over mesh.
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Do i have to prime the wonderboard before I pour the self leveling cement. On the bag of the slc it says to prime floor but I am not sure if the same applies to the wonderboard. Also I was told at home depot to pour the self leveling cement right up against the dry wall. Because of expansion and contraction I would put thin foam used for underlayment on the walls just enough so the slc does not go right against the wall.
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Your method is correct.

But, why do you need cement board at all. SLC will serve the same purpose, pour it over mesh.
What type of mesh is this?
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Do i have to prime the wonderboard before I pour the self leveling cement.
Yes. SLC's always require their recommended primer.

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Also I was told at home depot to pour the self leveling cement right up against the dry wall.
Big mistake - No way should you do that.

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What type of mesh is this?
Most any place that sells SLC will also have the mesh material. It is plastic and looks a little like expanded metal mesh, comes in a roll. Expanded metal can also be used but it is a lot harder to work with I think.

See if any of this information found below is helpful to you:

http://www.diychatroom.com/blogs/ins...t-one-two-177/


OH, and by the way...STOP asking questions at Home Depot, those guys will only get you into deep trouble.

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