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Old 09-26-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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I looking to build up my sunken living room. I want to lay down porcelain tile for flooring. Currently is a cement slab. Can this be done without filling in with cement?

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Not to be a dick but its concrete, not cement. Cement is just portland cement which is a portion of concrete. Concrete is portland cement, sand, aggregate and sometimes additives depending on the mix (whether it be accelerants, fly ash, etc.) Now that I am done with my lesson

Why not build it up with framing? It cheaper, easier etc. Its also lighter and if you put a large amount of weight on the an existing slab it may cause it to settle. Just a thought.

Edited......Please dont take my comment about you saying cement as putting you down. Its just when you are talking to people you want to make sure are using the correct terms.

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Old 09-26-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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If I knew what I was talking about I wouldnt have to post here. No offense taken. What would you cover the frame with? Would plywood be stable enough to handle the mortor and tile.
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fill it in with framing, install 3/4" plywood and then start tiling.

I personally dont like installing tile on plywood. I like using cement board on top of the plywood as the adhesion surface for the tile.
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3/4 " plywood isn't thick enough for tile.
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3/4 " plywood isn't thick enough for tile.
Please show me where it says that in the code or engineering book. I have built many houses and installed tile over 3/4 plywood and not had issues. I can see you were a flooring installer for years.

You say 3/4" plywood isnt thick enough. Why not make a suggestion instead of just saying it wont work???/
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Either Jaz or Bud Cline will be along. They will give you the details from the TCNA handbook.
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I read somewhere that 1 inch thick plywood should be used. Does that sound about right?
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I am not a tile guy. But I believe 2 layers is better than one and it needs to be 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 thick. And CBU adds no structural strength. But if one of the tile guys says something different, take their word for it.

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