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Old 12-04-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Do I have to use self leveling compound to level a 6 x 6 bathroom floor before laying tiles (Hardi board already down/seams taped) or can I level it myself with quickcrete that states it is used to level floors? Why am I asking? The slc is $38 - $40 and the quickcrete is $4.58/bag.

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How much levelling do you have to do?

Levelling a floor and "planing" a floor can be two different things.

Quickcrete doesn't usually work for this purpose. Exactly which Quickrete product are you referring to?

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Not much leveling at all which is why I did not want to spend much $. The quickcrete is a fast-setting "underlayment" and states that it is appropriate for leveling floors. But, no mistake. If I have to spend the $ I will b/c the tiles are a grade 5 porcelain AND are 24"x12". So I will listen to your advice. Also do I need a primer? If so, what do you recommend?
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Oh and I have to level not even a 1/4" in a few places on the floor. Thank you so much.
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Okay, if that product is for patching and you have no more than 1/4" to fill I assume it will work. As long as it isn't Quickrete sandmix or concrete with aggregate in it. Quickrete makes many products for many purposes.

I would however use a long straightedge to drag and finish the fill, spot placing with a small trowel probably isn't the best way to do it.

Tiles that big DEMAND that a substrate be "plane", not necessarily "level" but flat.

I don't think the SLC is the product to use for this application.

Primer shouldn't be required with that product unless that's what the instructions say to do.
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Thank you very much. It's what I wanted to hear. You are right about quickcrete. There are many different products. It took me a while to find that they made an underlayment expressly for "leveling" floors in preparation for laying ceramic tiles and hardwood floors. Thanks again.

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