04:53AM | 01/28/05
Member Since: 01/27/05
2 lifetime posts
trying to find the least expensive way to obtain radiant heat so i can get off this slab and get cozy.

plywood and "quick trac" proved too expensive.

i've heard of "gypcrete"but don't know much about it or where to find it

i suppose my options are sleepers filled with tubing and crete or a cap pour over existing . only problem is i don't want to lose 3inches plus of head room. any help?


08:57AM | 01/30/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
if you want hydronic radiant heat over a slab and want it cheaply without losing 3" of headroom, ...

give it up

Radiant heat is expensive to begin with and you need to space to do it in. Additionally, without having planned for it in construction, there is a stron likelyhood that you have no insulation under that salb, so you will send almost as much BTUs into t6he ground as up to your feet.

Excellence is its own reward!

Glenn Good

03:12AM | 02/06/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
When speaking of loosing headroom, don't forget, it is also very likely that structural headers above some doors may not have enough space under them to allow you to raise the door jambs. If this is the case you will also be shortening you door heights when you raise the floor level or adding additional expense to raise the door headers (if there is enough room above them).


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