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zoolou 01-11-2011 06:12 PM

Levelling a Basement Bath Floor
In the process of a Basement Bath Reno.....I am putting in a 5 Foot Acrylic Shower on one side.....the floor dips about 1 inch from right to left towards a basement floor drain....Overall exposed floor space will be 7x5.....whats the best way to level this out??? Here is what i was thinking...framing the area that will be the floor..(Once the shower comes in i dont want to see that transition in height difference at the bottom)..self-levelling cement,...was thinking putting down Dri-core on top and vinyl on that or just tile right on top of the new cement???????????

fixrite 01-11-2011 06:31 PM

I would tend to put down dri-core first and level that and build everything on top of it since it would be level. Since your 1 inch is not a lot to have to level it should be an easy fix. Once your dri-core is down I would membrane the floor and then tile. Doing this will give you a level floor and good material for which to tile onto with out worrying about broken tiles from moisture or flexing floors.

zoolou 01-11-2011 06:55 PM

wouldnt that method maybe crack any tiles put down...since Dri-core has a tendency to shift???

fixrite 01-11-2011 06:56 PM

I would of said yes, if I was not installing the ditra membrane.

fixrite 01-11-2011 06:58 PM

It also depends on the size of the tile that is being installed, the smaller the tile the less likely it will have any cracks, regardless of substrate.

zoolou 01-11-2011 07:03 PM

i was thinking of actually using the groutable trafficmaster tiles....(wife likes the warmth of vinyl better)..with your method of dri-core underneath

fixrite 01-11-2011 07:12 PM

if she is liking the warmth you could add an underfloor heating pad they are not expensive and add value to your home as well.

zoolou 01-12-2011 07:24 AM

Has anyone ever used a product called Easymat?? Maybe self levelling cement then roll out the easymat and tile on top?

bethomas 01-12-2011 03:26 PM

When i finished my basement i used a self leveling compound from Home Depot. Came dry and you just mixed it in a 5 gallon bucket. You then just poured it out and it leveled out. i had about a 1" difference in the room that was about 5x10. We then tiled over that and the tile has stuck great over the last two years

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