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Old 02-27-2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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Hi,
Planning for installation of a porcelain tile floor in my kitchen and have some questions.


First, floor leveler. is it really necessary?
My floor is 3/4" plywood with 1/4" luan over it(from the pre existing vinyl)
It's in relatively good shape with little glue/paper remaining.
The issue is that due to some uneveness of floor joists, I have a few areas where there is a slight rise of about 1/8"

Do I really have to use the floor leveler?

Second, any experience with some of the newer roll type underlayment(like Schluter-Ditra)?
I'm all for working smarter and not harder, but I don't want to cause myself grief in 6 mos with cracked tiles.

Cement board, Hardi backer, or this newer stuff(like Schluter-DITRA)?


Third, for adhering the tiles once underlayment is down.....
thinset mortar or a ready to use mastic adhesive?

Comments and experiences are greatly appreciated.
Like I said, I'm all for quicker and easier, but not at the expense of a crappy job

Thx in advance

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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flooring contractor here, the rise of 1/8" in some spots "shouldn't" require use of a SLC. If you aim for perfection like myself, level each tile with next one, by adding/removing mortar. the luan needs to come up. it is not approved as a tile substrate. one removed use can use schlueter or CBU's. the choice is yours and will hinge on height differences and other factors. if you use schlueter follow instructions carefully. if using a CBU, trowel thinset onto floor and embed CBU. fasten with galavanized roofing nails or backerboard screws. DO NOT use premixed mastic to lay tiles on floor. use a thinset mortar u have to mix with water.

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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Hi acglobal,
Thanks for the info.
I was not aware of the luan issue. That's a real bummer as it's all been nailed down AND screwed down as well, so it's REALLY down

Anyway, when I put down the mortar for the backer board to lay in, do I screw it down then, or wait for the mortar to set first?

Thx in advance
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Screw in while wet
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