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Leisha70 08-02-2012 03:01 PM

Removing concrete sealant and leveling
 
So we have a patio we had enclosed a few years ago, we sealed the concrete then had carpet put down. We are now removing the carpet (not totally sure what we are going to do - we are open to suggestions, keeping in mind multiple dogs and small children), and want to level the concrete with the self-leveling cement. I have done a bit of research and am not sure what would be easier and safer (we have 3 dogs). Sanding the concrete or acid-etching it. It is 20'x25'.
I am pretty handy around the house for a woman (I have poured concrete and just recently laid ceramic tile in 2 bathrooms) and always up to learning how to do new things. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. I am located in northern Utah.

joecaption 08-02-2012 08:14 PM

If that carpet is glued down your in for a fun job trying to scrape off all that old glue.
I'd forget about the acid etching and concider tile instead.
Reason being acid etching will require a perfectly clean surface, not likly after glues been applyed.
Tile will hold up great with kids and dogs, it's aslo easy to just sweep up.

Canarywood1 08-04-2012 08:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leisha70 (Post 979910)
So we have a patio we had enclosed a few years ago, we sealed the concrete then had carpet put down. We are now removing the carpet (not totally sure what we are going to do - we are open to suggestions, keeping in mind multiple dogs and small children), and want to level the concrete with the self-leveling cement. I have done a bit of research and am not sure what would be easier and safer (we have 3 dogs). Sanding the concrete or acid-etching it. It is 20'x25'.
I am pretty handy around the house for a woman (I have poured concrete and just recently laid ceramic tile in 2 bathrooms) and always up to learning how to do new things. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. I am located in northern Utah.

If the carpet is not glued down,you can't use a self leveling product until you remove the sealer,or scarify the surface.

Leisha70 08-04-2012 11:06 PM

thanks - the carpet is only glued around the edges. I ended up renting a sander/buffer with this diamond grit. It worked really well on removing the sealant and almost all of the glue. :thumbup:


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