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Old 05-28-2006, 08:23 AM   #1
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Question Using SLC - newbie question

OLD house - floor slopes down as you come away from the outer wall and the center bearing wall.

It's a bathroom floor abuot 4' x 9' and the slope is about 1/2" across and about an inch lengthwise.

Have considered 3 options -
1 - Just let the floor slope like every other floor in the house.
2 - Since I can still get to the joists -
Considered trying to cut full length shims to go on top of the studs to bring it level.
3 - From reading posts here it sounds like SLC on top of the 3/4" subfloor would solve my problem.

Right now I am leaning toward the SLC.
Would this be considered a good choice?
Dumb follow-up question -- If I do use SLC - do I lay hardibacker right on top of that -- or do I still use thinset?

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I would opt for the slc. I would still use the thinset under the Hardi to avoid the possibility of voids under it.
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level is not nearly as important as FLAT. One thing I'd be concerned about is whether it impacts the transition to the next room. is the slope away from the door? If not you're going to have a lip to deal with.
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Old 05-28-2006, 11:31 AM   #4
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transition

Actually - that was one reason I was (briefly) tempted to just let it slope -
the bathroom opens into a hardwood hallway (about 4x8)
If I level the bathroom -- I'm going to have to do some leveling in the hallway as well.

Fortunately - I am also in the middle of replacing that floor.
So that's not a big deal.

Sounds like I will be adding working with SLC to my list of firsts with this project.
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after the hall, then what? careful - this could spiral out of control very quickly. not to mention expensively.

there are other things that are affected too - like door jambs, moldings, etc, etc. how far are you prepared to go with "fixing" things?
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OHHHH trust me - THIS I know.
I have a LONG rambling thread on this under Pauls Bathroom Redo.

It all started with replacing a cheap 3-piece tub surround that had LONG outlived it's usefulness --
This became - why not tile the walls.
Still simple enough - I had never tiled and was intersted in learning -
THIS of course meant tearing out the old wall to put in hardi -
Which led to -- lets replace the tub and switch the plumbing from right to left so we can eliminate a very bad updating job done by previous owner
which of course meant taking up part of the floor (no crawlspace under these old houses -
Which lead to - why not take up the whole floor and tile it.


As for doorway - thats the one thing thats not a problem. Previous owner put in central -- and in lieu of air return -- cut all the doors an inch or so short. Biggest issue with the doorway will be having the tile and the hardwood as close to even height as possible - but I think I can handle that.
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