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Old 03-05-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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Hi I'm in the process of finishing my basement and my floor is concrete but with a slight pitch to it. I want to put down some sort of leveling product but I am unsure of what product works best? Does it need a primer? And where is the best and cheapest place to buy this stuff?

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Another "where can I buy it the cheapest" question.

Yes it requires a primer.

Self Levellers have a shelf life. If you find it somewhere drastically "cheaper" than other places, stay away from it.

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What other type of stores besides home depot and lowes carry these products?
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All home centers stock Self Levellers.
Any real tile store can order Self Levellers from any place you want.
Any real lumber yard can order Self Levellers from their suppliers.
Do you really think you are going to find it at a bargain basement price? I warned you about that. Check on the dates of manufacture, if the product you find is more than six months old-forget about it.
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I'm not looking for the cheapest , just the best product at a good price. Options are limited at our local home stores and i need alot so I'm looking to buy in bulk.
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Is the floor just unlevel or does it have high and low spots in it. If it is just unlevel you can go over it with most product. It does not have to be level, just flat. If it has highs and lows you will have to grind down the highs and fill the lows.
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The floor is pitched in to a drain I don't think there is any drastic high spots. There is some lows because water would puddle in a few spots.
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This about a 1000 sq ft area, and I haven't decided what kind of floor/ subfloor I want yet. Most likely a floating laminate or engineered hard wood floor.
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To level the floor you will need to get a drain extention. Get a string and put it from one side to the other. This will tell you how high you have to build the floor up. This will give you the hight you need to buy the extention. Make sure the extention fits good to the existing drain. Take the drain cover off for use on the extention. Next, go to a flooring store and ask them to order a good leveler. Tell them how thick it will have to be at the drain. They should guide you to a product they use to meet your needs. Mix small amounts of leveler at a time. (1/5 to 1/4 of a 5 gal. bucket) Build the floor up to the hight of the string. The last couple of mixes you may need to use a flat trowel to get it level. Let the leveler set up to the touch with each level.
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Thanks that helps alot.
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