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Old 03-21-2018, 05:02 PM   #1
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What materials do you use to float a floor?

So Iím not the biggest fan of mixing Portland and sand... I guess weíll start off with a concrete substrate...

I know about self levels... and I used to use Ardex sd-p which works great... if it wasnít so expensive. Also Iím looking for a thickness thinset canít handle like 1 1/2 inches
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:00 PM   #2
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Well John, I use sand and cement. specifically I use sand topping mix and play sand because it's easier to tote around. But on larger pulls, it's WAY cheaper to buy the sand and cement in bulk. Just gotta source the right sand, around here the guy calls it concrete sand. But sharp sand is what I've heard growing up.
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sharp sand is what we call it here in En Zed
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Same here, Jim. Sharp sand.

John, dry pack (deck mud, same thing) is easy to use and it's cheap. Not sure why you wouldn't be a fan.

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I don't like that its difficult to mix in a bucket and I don't like that you have to slurry coat the floor prior... Ardex SD-P you mix in a bucket, poor, screed(and you can ramp it) Just wondering if there was anything as simple as it. Plus I don't like carrying a huge mud pan in my van. takes up to much space.
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Custom Speed Slope is comparable to Sd-P but it's a true mud bed material. Speed Slope can go from ramp to 3".

I don't know what you are trying to do but I would never use Sd-P as a mud bed.

Mapei Topcem is another.
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If you're looking for a basic mud-bed mortar, our 4 to 1 is very popular. We also make a polymer modified mortar bed that has improved workability and a bit more flexibility.

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