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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Self Levelling Solo?

Hey Guys I've done some self leveling before but I'm having a little bit of trouble with it. I'm doing about 250sq ft kitchen/entry/walk in pantry type thing. Anyway my question is... is this too big for one person? I'm working alone right now and I'm having some difficulty getting all the mixes together and levelling properly.

Does anyone have tips or advice of any sort for self levelling solo?
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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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You have to be extremely organized before you start,many buckets of water,and even premade into the right amount in each bucket...good luck.
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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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What Dave said, and also mix beside where your pouring so you dont have to waste time walking.
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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:38 PM   #4
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I have also mixed all my slc at once then poured them all into my big bud box and mix em together. This eliminates layering, but you do end up wasting half a bag maybe close to a full bag. But worth it over layering
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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:41 PM   #5
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Ive been using CHEMREX and I'm finding it alot harder to work with than normal? Ive had alot of trouble keeping it at that levelling consitency for more than 5 minutes or so and after that its too late to do much of anything but cry.
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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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never used that product, but are you sure you are using right amount of h2o?
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I guess I should ask one more question.

The bag specifies quarts, 5-1/4 quarts I think. What exactly is the conversion between quarts and litres because my measuring bucket is in litres and I'm wondering if my ratio is right. ( I won't say what I used and put myself at risk of embarrasment)
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Cooking Measurements question: How many quarts are in five liters? There are 1.0566882 quarts to a liter so 5 liters equals 5.283441 quarts.
Quoted from wikipedia.


Most of the slc's I've ever used are 5.5-6 quarts, per 50# bag, but if the directions say 5.25 use just that. You don't want to mix it to wet, but it has to be wet enough to move freely.
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Unread 04-14-2009, 06:55 PM   #9
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http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...uarts+to+liter
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oh yeah, are you letting it slake? Mix it good for 2-3 minutes then let it sit for a few minutes(not the 15+ for thinset and grout) then spin it again, but at a slower speed if your mixer is variable speed.
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I've been underwatering it a little bit. GROSS lack of knowledge on the jobsite and using american products messed me up
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Well hopefully the right amount of water will make life easier for you
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Unread 04-14-2009, 07:04 PM   #13
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haha thanks alot for the help. I asked the gc how many quarts were in a litre and he told me there were 750ml in a quart so 3/4 of a litre.
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ive got a small trash can rubbermaid style i use for slc that will hold 4 or 5 bags at a time

just remeber the amount to where you need to dump so your not dragging it back 4 feet after mixing also your tipping it over so i poly anything i dont want to splash accidently

i still from time to time need to remind myself that this stuff really does to the work itself i dump push it around a bit but dont get caught up trying to trowel it smooth or over work it

i also figure if i need 3 trash can mixes i cut the top off all the bags set them in groups with a premeasured amount of water so i never need to stop mixing/ pouring
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I never thought of using a trashcan would be easier than my giant mudbox. less mess too
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