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Old 03-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #1
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trowel grade leveler or self leveling compound


i am taking on the task of tiling a 100sqft room in our house. just tore out the carpet, carpet strips and base boards. i have a 4' level and with that alone i could tell that there is some minor low spots on the floor. so i guess i will need to get the surface nice and flat with some compound.

ive been reading up on the process and stuff like LevelQuik seems to be basically poor on the low spot and let it do its job (with a little coaxing and feathering of course). also, there is no need to pour the level over the ENTIRE floor, just the low spots to build it up flat, right?

ive also been reading on Sakrete's Trowel Grade leveler. Its more putty like and i was thinking of applying it to the low spots and then dragging an 8' aluminum screed to smooth/flatten it out.

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that is a very simplified plan---but a good one---the self leveling compounds require a primer---usually---and need a fast hand because it sets up quickly--

Feather Finish is my first choice for a trowel-able patching compound--Ardex makes it--Home Depot carries Ardex products.
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that is a very simplified plan---but a good one---the self leveling compounds require a primer---usually---and need a fast hand because it sets up quickly--

Feather Finish is my first choice for a trowel-able patching compound--Ardex makes it--Home Depot carries Ardex products.
cool. yeh, the SLC 15min set time scares me. i saw there is a 30min set SLC as well but I'll check out the Ardex stuff! I was also thinking of going to shortcut route and just use thinset but prob wont do that...
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Thinset shrinks when it sets----don't attempt to level with it---
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