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Old 05-30-2013, 05:49 AM   #1
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Other alternative than self leveling compund?


I am installing laminate upstairs (subfloor is OSB)
In one of the room, I had to put some self leveling compound to compensate a pitch
Now, i am doing the hallway and i need to do the same thing to have the laminate even with the other room
The area is small (it's like a triangle, being in a corner) and max depth is 1/2"
I don't need the self leveling action of an SLC. I will use a straight edge to "spread" it even
Could I use something else, such as a thin set mortar or other?
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Laminate floating floor?

I have heard of people using layers of roofing shingled to flatten out floors for laminate---

Never tried that one---but I'd consider it ---

As to thinset?--it shrinks when laid down thick---I would not use it---
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Yes, I thought about the roofing felt....But I am concerned that several layers may be noisy together?
I was also thinking about wood filler, since the area is not that big?
Or even some subfloor glue that comes in the big cartridges (not sure if it becomes hard when it dries....)
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Wood filler is pricy ---Durhams Water putty is handy and should be in everyones shop--but is not good for this use.

Thinset would work---but it takes 12 to 24 hours to set--and shrinks and cracks when applied to thick.

Self leveling compound is the right stuff----sets fast---
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May I ask why it's not good for this use?
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Just the cost-----if the price doesn't bother you---go ahead.

Durhams sets up quick---shrinkage is minimal----
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It's in the corner of a hallway. I will have to go from 10mm from the highest point to 0mm on (2' width x 5' length - it's a triangle)
I was planning to put some 1/4" plywood I have left to minimize the Qty of putty.......
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As long as the floating floor has no hollow spot under it--the product is quite forgiving---do what it takes to get the subfloor flat and you should be okay.
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