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Old 08-12-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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Decoupling membrane Yes/No?


Slab on grade ranch in Mississippi. It's 13 years old no cracks very flat, would you still need to put down a membrane?
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I would say no. If it shows no signs of cracking after 13 years a membrane would be redundant.
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I wouldn't say it's redundant at all. Ditra does more than just uncoupling to help prevent cracks in the tilework.

But I do agree you could likely get away with not using it if everything else is done correctly and the conditions are good.

How large an area, does the floor get direct sunlight, ever have any signs a dampness? Oh yea, you're in Mississippi, so it's always damp.

It's an added step to help prevent problems. Like insurance.

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Jaz this is the infamous kryptonite slab covered in the glue that I am STILL hand scraping. I haven't even looked at the moisture yet but definitely will when I get the glue up. I was out looking at tile the other day as an incentive to keep going :P
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Scraping glue.....no solvents I hope. Do you know what type of glue? What was there?

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Slab on grade ranch in Mississippi. It's 13 years old no cracks very flat, would you still need to put down a membrane?
Couldn't hurt.
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Jaz,

You are Bud are already helping me on the floor on the other thread with the kryptonite glue and concrete....(I am still on strike lol)

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You are Bud are already helping me on the floor on the other thread with the kryptonite glue and concrete...
Ok, good to hear. So, where are you now in this project?

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Jaz, in a word $%^*$!!

Stinkin hot down here right now. At 7pm it was still 88 degrees with a 99 heat index and 63% humidity. That coupled with no AC = cranky Robyn so I do a bit each night later on when it cools off.

Thinking about renting a glue grinder but not sure if it will work on the brittle stuff but willing to spend a bit to find out otherwise I will be here till Christmas.
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Please post a pic of the results of your hard work........The muscles I mean!

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lol Jazz...and my aching back and my sore knees and my "bucket butt" from sitting on a bucket while working because said knees hurt.

Pain in the rear end that they only make manly sized knee pads and gloves. Really frustrating when you are a small build.
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Pain in the rear end that they only make manly sized knee pads and gloves. Really frustrating when you are a small build.
You can buy knee pad like thingys with elastic at any sporting goods store. Use them, double up if you have to.
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Bud.

The ones I like are the ones with the hard plastic on the front. I cant find them small enough for me though I do have some volleyball knee pads. Going to put them on first and then put the others over the top and see how that works.

Genius idea. Thanks
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Bud.

The ones I like are the ones with the hard plastic on the front. I cant find them small enough for me though I do have some volleyball knee pads. Going to put them on first and then put the others over the top and see how that works.

Genius idea. Thanks
Is that what those things are called? "Volley ball knee pads"? Who knew?
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I never liked the knee pads with the hard plastic fronts. It was hard to balance, made me tired.

Sitting on a bucket and bending to scrape the floor would be the end of me. Get some pads. https://sites.google.com/site/tilekneepads/
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