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Old 06-27-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Hey all,

This is my first of what will probably be many questions over the next 6 months. I'm having a house built and it should be ready in about a month. My first priority once I move in is to finish the basement. I have zero experience with what I'm about to undertake, but I hope I'm a quick learner I think I've decided on using DRIcore throughout the entire basement. It seems pretty pricey, but should be a good subfloor for carpeting and hardwoods. The only place I'm not using DRIcore is the bathroom since I want to tile it and I read you can't tile on DRIcore. So there will be a 1 inch difference in height between the bathroom floor and the DRIcore floor. I read that you can use up to 1 inch thickness of LevelQuik so I think I'm going to raise the bathroom floor by 1 inch using LevelQuik. Does this sound okay? Any codes preventing me from doing this?

If LevelQuik is okay, I have a couple questions on installation. Maybe the instructions on the bag answer this, but I'm not sure.

- Do I frame the bathroom and then just pour the LevelQuik up to the bottom plates of the framing and let the framing be the border?
- The bottom plates of the framing will be pressure treated 2x4s so do I need to treat it with anything else since the LevelQuik will be setting up against them?
- If I do 1" of LevelQuik, that only leaves about a 1/2" of bottom plate showing and will that be enough to attach the drywall to?
- Should I double up on the bottom plate so I have more wood exposed for the drywall? Any codes against doubling up the bottom plate?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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I saw a product that is used for SLC applications. http://www.edgestripkits.com/
It's used with floor heat, but I would think it should work with the LevelQuick

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Interesting. I was actually thinking about adding in floor heat too since it's in the basement. Thanks for the reply.
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Why not just have the contractor pour the bathroom floor a different height?
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Why not just have the contractor pour the bathroom floor a different height?
This isn't a custom built home and they're not going to do anything other than what's in the plan. I'd love to have him do it but since I didn't pay to have the basement finished, he's not going to do anything down there.
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John,
You can use a thermal insulator under you floor heat system. That will also raise the height of the floor a little so that it matches up better with the adjoining materials ( carpet or wood ) Look into this : http://www.cerazorb.com/
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You can use a thermal insulator under you floor heat system. That will also raise the height of the floor a little so that it matches up better with the adjoining materials ( carpet or wood ) Look into this : http://www.cerazorb.com/
That's a great idea. But I thin 3/16" is still not high enough. I like that it's okay to tile over the top of it. If they made them 1" thick, I'd be good to go
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Install Ditra mat (crack prevention membrane) then NuHeat or similar radiant floor heat ... Then tile on top of that. With thinset/Ditra/thinset/NuHeat pad/thinset/tile you'll be adding just over an inch to the finished tile so less of an awkward transition to the hardwood. Check Schluter.com for more details on the precise installation steps to follow.

We use this system all the time and it works very well. If the room is an awkward shape or this adds too much height you could use the NuHeat wiring system which is more versatile and can be installed in the same thinset layer used to lay the tile ... But this takes more skill to get right.
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Install Ditra mat (crack prevention membrane) then NuHeat or similar radiant floor heat ... Then tile on top of that. With thinset/Ditra/thinset/NuHeat pad/thinset/tile you'll be adding just over an inch to the finished tile so less of an awkward transition to the hardwood. Check Schluter.com for more details on the precise installation steps to follow.

We use this system all the time and it works very well. If the room is an awkward shape or this adds too much height you could use the NuHeat wiring system which is more versatile and can be installed in the same thinset layer used to lay the tile ... But this takes more skill to get right.
Thanks Bonzai. I'll check that out.

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