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Floor leveling - compound buckles

Posted by Ron Smith on September 13th, 2000 09:46 PM

Please help.
My wife and I did most of the work in renovating our
apartment, and encountered only one seemingly unsolvable
problem. The kitchen floor fell about 1 inches
from the back wall to the door (over ~11 feet), but
not smoothly. It was also lower in the middle than
on the left or right. We used Level Quick, mixed it
relatively thickly and trowled it in to give a
smooth - but not level (that would have required
filling the whole 1,000 ft3 apartment with 1 inches
of compound) - surface. It buckled in the middle -
the thickest portion - within a few days and before
we could get tile down. We found out we had not used
a primer as we should have, and the compound had not
stuck to the existing cement in that spot. I tore up
all the underlayment that had not stuck and refilled
that part. It appeared to stick this time and, after
waiting 5 or so days to make sure it wasn't moving,
we laid our tile. 3 weeks later the tile starts
cracking. To make a long story a little shorter,
the thickest part of the underlayment again had not
stuck to the existing concrete in spite of the primer.
The rest of our renovation is done, but our kitchen
floor is a disaster!! What can we do?!? I am afraid
that retrying the Level Quick compound with primer
won't work unless I can figure out why it failed to
stick in the first place.

Please help!


Ron Smith

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