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Unread 01-07-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Fastening through heated tile floor

Does anyone know of a way to locate heating wires under an existing tiled floor? Many under tile heating manufacturers mention systems for finding faults; I need to locate wires in a functioning heated floor, so that a partition can be installed over it without messing it up

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Unread 01-07-2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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If your friends with an energy auditer or a fireman, you might have access to a thermal imaging camera. This would be the best way, I'd think.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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Is there a way to attach the partition with adhesive or by other means than mechanical attachment ?
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Unread 01-07-2012, 10:11 PM   #4
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I think you may have a bigger problem. It's not a good idea to bury heating cables under a bottom plate. I would check with the manufacturer of the heating cable.

I believe most only allow you to come within a certain distance of a wall or cab, let alone under it.
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my zircon stud finder senses current. dont know if it will sense that through tile though. can always buy it at HD and if you dont like it take it back.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 11:26 AM   #6
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Thats also what I remember reading from my install instructions, nothing can be placed over the wires as it cause them to over heat.
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What Greg said.

IF you put a wood sill plate & partition directly over a heated tile floor you'll likely create a hot spot and may burn out the heat, in addition to voiding any warranty.

I'd call the heat manufacturer and run your plan by them before going any farther.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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Lots of good ideas - thanks. It may just be a crazy notion anyway, even having mapped out the wire locations, there will still be a risk of messing up. I think I know what manufacturers will say!

I need to fasten the bottom plate down at least at the door; but maybe using adhesive plus dowels that extend no further than the depth of the tile would work well enough for a light door.

I did wonder about the overheating issue - but the wires are more than an inch down under stone tiles and slu, and the slab is not insulated. Maybe steel framing would help limit the hot-spot.
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