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Old 04-14-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Mud work advice

I admittedly don't do a lot of old repair work, it is usually a full replacement. The Ymca called me an asked me to quote a repair on a locker room. From what I can deduce from what I could see through the cracks was; Old mudwork over original concrete floor, 2x2 Mosaic over that. They have attempted to repair it themselves with a hydraulic cement and made quite a mess of it. My area of expertise is making custom showers mostly, so I am familiar with mudwork. I however do not know the underlying reason for the failure. I am seeking council on this. If the floor has started to let go, and I do a repair, what are the chances that the rest will let go? Does anyone here have experience with this?
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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What was happening? Tenting, cracking, comming unbonded or was it floating floor to beging with? We can't really give much advice based on the vague description we've got.
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Need a good bit more information plus the requested photos to get you much help with the project, Denny.
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they wouldn't let me take pictures in the women's locker room. LOL Go figure.... anyway, I found that the floor was slightly tented but I am not sure if it was because of the repair or not.Its about an 80 sqft area and is definitely loose from the concrete slab, but seems to be bonded to the mud work. Further out it is solidly bonded to both, from the tapping technique anyway. Tapped on it with my utility knife to try to get a feel for how far out it was loose. I wont really know until i get digging into it.
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Depending on the situation, sometimes you can go outside and see a slab crack on the edge of the slab. Is this possible?
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Cant see a thing as it is in the middle of the building. No evidence of movement on either side of the loose area.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:07 PM   #8
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Looks to me like, the hydraulic cement could have caused the tenting if it was pressure pumped thru a hose. I assume that's the only way it is done. They may have made their problem worse.

All you can do is let it be known in writing that you can't stand behind it. I wouldn't even stand behind a repair over the same area. If their floor moves again, it will crack your tiles, just like it did the first time.
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