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Gah

11:26AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
7 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
I'm interested in using a textured acid-stained concrete floor for a second floor bathroom.

The house is about 50 years old, this is the original bathroom. The floor is presently tile, which will be removed as part of a remodelimg project. I'm not sure what I will find underneath the tile, but I am assuming it is thinset. There is probably also a backer medium of some sort.

Is there anyone who has poured a concrete floor somewhere other than a ground floor? What do I need to know before I move forward (ie rebar, wire mesh, load tolerances, etc...)?

ANY advice is appreciated.

willies all thumbs

02:26PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
If thats also a fifty year old tile, you will likly find cement about 1/2 inch thick, and metal lath under neath. socalled mud work was common back then
which is good for your purpose, take every thing out, put down new lath, and pour your concrete. One other, there should be saturated felt under the lath,add new.

Gah

02:36PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
7 lifetime posts
Thanks. The 1/2 inch of cement sounds right, as that looks to be the difference in the height of the floor in the bath with the floor in the hall.

Gah

02:39PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
7 lifetime posts
Oops, my fingers were faster than my brain -- what is saturated felt? Something to help cushion the concrete?

Thanks again.

Gah

03:48AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
7 lifetime posts
To anyone else who was looking at this thread and also wondering -- saturated felt is what I used to call "tar paper". It's the vapor barrier used for roofing.

Gah

10:03AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
7 lifetime posts
willies all thumbs -- can you tell me how thick it should be poured?

willies all thumbs

03:20PM | 02/02/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
Three quarters inch will return it to the present level If the subfloor is sound it should hold up, if it cracks you can always go back to tile with thinset.
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