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Basement floor preparation

Posted by Bruce M on December 31st, 1997 07:54 PM
In reply to Basement Flooring by Shawn on December 28th, 1997 09:00 AM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Shawn:
I don't think there is a need to seal your concrete floor prior to adhering carpet. You can put down a 4 mil plastic sheeting moisture barrier, but I don't like this idea much either. If moisture comes up through the concrete, its best to use a latex or moisture permiable adhesive and just let the moisture rise. Trapping it (if it is there at all) under plastic is not a good idea.

Most lineoleum (or vinyl flooring) and its adhesive, that I have used, will act as a moisture barrier by itself.

What I have found does help adhesion is to etch the concrete surface first with a mild acid. This seems to have the effect of making the concrete surface very clean and ready to receive and bond an adhesive.

Just my experience.

Best wishes

Bruce M

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