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Unread 06-27-2015, 08:35 AM   #1
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recommended leveling system?

Hello, and thanks for letting me join this forum.

I set tile professionally for several years prior to the Great Depression of '08.

We did a lot of high end bathrooms and showers. I always used tavy spacers. I have no experience with any of these "leveling systems" that seem to have cropped up since I've been out of construction. I'm currently doing a complete remodel of my master bath and shower. I am using a 12" x 24" field tile.

I am interested in perhaps using one of these leveling systems, and I am looking for recommendations and/or any opinions on their use. I can build a perfectly flat, level, plumb, square bathroom the way I've always done it, but these videos sure make using a leveling system look attractive.

One concern I have is, when I make a tile level and flat, I know there is enough mortar underneath to support it. I am concerned that using a spacer designed to artificially lift a tile higher than it wants to set on it's own could result in less than adequate mortar coverage. I have looked at MLT, Raimondi, Proleveling, and Tuscan systems. Any advice or suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
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Unread 06-27-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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Have you read through some of the discussions in the Pro Hangout? Don't believe it is an issue if you've used the right sized trowel for the tile irregularities involved and, on a tile that big, you'd want to back butter them in the first place, which tends to even the surface out when you scrape off the excess.
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Unread 06-27-2015, 11:53 AM   #3
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A lot depends on what you're looking for, durability, cost, ease of use, etc. Like Jim said, check out the pro hangout, or just type "leveling system" into the advanced search feature. You can also search for MLT, LASH, and Tuscan.
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Unread 06-27-2015, 09:27 PM   #4
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Thanks. I have started digging around but I just got here, so lots to read. . I don't expect to have a lot of tile jobs after this bathroom, so I'm not that concerned about long-term use. I also would prefer not to spend an unreasonable amount of money if possible. If it works as advertised and is easy to use, I'd like to check it out.
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Unread 06-28-2015, 07:42 AM   #5
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Hi Josh, you might check out this thread. It had listed some low startup cost leveling systems.
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Unread 06-28-2015, 11:58 PM   #6
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Thanks - reading through those threads now. One thing I've been trying to figure... with about 360' of 12" x 24" tile to lay, how many one-time only parts do I need to purchase to ensure that I can complete the job? I am assuming this number will be similar regardless of which system I settle on. I can get by with a relatively low number or repeat use parts, since I'm doing this weekend-warrior style.
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Unread 06-29-2015, 01:29 AM   #7
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Use four on the long side and two on the short side, in which case you'd need 1020.

That figure will leave you some extra since you won't be using them against the walls, so round down on your order.
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Unread 07-11-2015, 10:46 PM   #8
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I bought the raimondi stuff. Given my situation, the relatively low initial investment was attractive. I think I would have gone with MLT if I had at least a couple thousand tiles lined up to set in the near future.

Mixed my first bucket of mud in several years today. It was a humbling experience. Seven years behind a desk has taken a toll lol. I haven't even set my first tile yet and this bathroom is kicking my tail.
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Smile Testers for Ditra heat cable?

I'm reviewing the instructions for the Ditra heat we are installing and it says I need a multimeter and a megohmmeter. I'm looking for any advice or recommendations as to which tools specifically to get. Also, I think there was a third test as well, but I may be overlooking it now. Is there anything else I need to get to validate the warranty aside from those two tools? Thanks,
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