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Unread 02-12-2009, 12:32 AM   #1
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Are heated floor tile warmers compatible with rugs?

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Unread 02-12-2009, 01:44 AM   #2
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I don't see a rug being an issue anywhere on a heated floor of any kind.

We do alot tile on heated floors both over electric and water pipe and expansion has always been a concern of mine. Movement joints are a big issue that is often overlooked on any floor but add the heat..especially in a concentrated area ..such as an electric mat system and I think it becomes a much bigger concern.

We have used ditra on hundreds of installs on radiant heated floors and have had no problems. I'm a huge believer in it's ability to "absorb" and divorce forces from the floor to the tile and grout.

I should note we have in the past used other membranes for the same purpose..primarily "crack isolation" membranes such as those by Noble co. and trowel on membranes by Hydroment like "Ultra-set". Those have also not let me down and I have had no call backs with either. I have simply stuck with Ditra as it has been very user friendly.
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Unread 03-11-2009, 07:13 AM   #3
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Grout or caulking?

I've just laid 18" tile over a TruComfort wire grid (with Ditra) and also boxed in my tub with 18" tile thinsetted (with MegaLite) onto Wonderboard with a 1/8" gap between thinking it might be good to mechanically isolate the two to allow for the floor heating.
So the the question is would I be smarter to use the silicone I'll be using around the tub to seal the gap or would grout be a better way to go.
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always use caulk for any change of plane or where incompatible materials meet. In your picture both are considered change of plane (and the tub is an incompatible material).
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Unread 03-11-2009, 10:03 AM   #5
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Change of plane

Thanks for that.
It brings up a question though.
Showers have at least 2 or 3 changes of plane but I've never seen
anything but grout in the corners.
I'm about to do the wall behind the tub, are you saying that back corner should be caulked too? I can do either at this point
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