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Unread 09-11-2007, 02:12 AM   #1
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Raising slab height in closet

Im tiling a hallway and closet that are parallel to each other. 4'x12' hallway, and a 3'x12' closet. So overall the area is 12'x7' that is getting 18" travertine.

The hallway portion of the slab is approxiamtely 1" higher than the closet section of the slab. I'm going to raise the closet floor to be even with the hallway floor. Was planning on ripping a piece of plywood the same height as the drop off and tacking it to the wall to use as a guide. Use the lip of the hallway slab as the opposite guide. Thinset on the slab, then mud, and use the guides to get my level.

Does this seem reasonable? Any ideas folks have to make this easier/faster/morebetter appreciated.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 07:37 AM   #2
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Youve done your homework.
Mix the thinset thin into a Slurry......Brush this on with an old brush then add your Sand Topping Mix.

You CAN do it without the Plywood by Building MUD screeds along the walls Out about 3-4" and then screeding off them..............Your Call..That is How many of us do a Dry Pack floor.

The above is the Cheapest Method.
The fastest would be a self leveling cement (Custom RS Levelquick)
About 4 bags and 1 QT of Primer is all thats needed BUT it will cost about 150.00 for materials rather than about 50.00

Whats your time worth??

The Self Leveler will take you 2 minutes to prime 1 night 2 minutes to prime the next morning 25 minutes to prepare while the primer dries and about 10 minutes to pour 4 bags.

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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:04 AM   #3
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Id vote for the slc in an area like that. Like Todd said its
alot faster and easier. If you're a DIY you should have less
tools to buy, a mixing drill and a scraper possibly. Roller or
sprayer. To float it you would need a flat trowel, a float,
straight edges, wheel barrel & hoe. Also you mentioned
18" Travertine so your going to want to get it nice and flat.
Easier done with the SLC on a small scale.
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