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bikerboy

05:23PM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
15 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
wondering how level the floor needs to be to lay ceramic tile... redoing the kitchen and the floor isn't level, there is one area where the floor is higher just a bit... if i put backerboard down, should that be good, or do we need to mud the room to ensure a completely level surface... any info would be great. thnx.

Tileguybob

05:31PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
A floor does not have to be level for ceramic tile but it does need to be flat. Flat means no washboard effect, level means a ball wont roll to one wall.

Put down the cement board as it will be a better bond for the thinset, then pour some self leveling cement in the low spot. Just make sure you block up any cracks or openings so the slc doesn't run into them and cause a problem on the ceiling below.

What is on the floor now that is being replaced with ceramic?

bikerboy

05:45PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 07/31/05
15 lifetime posts
the existing floor is carpeted... its the kitchen... no idea what she was thinking when she had it carpeted... anyways, underneath the carpet is plywood... planning in pulling the carpet out in acouple of weeks and beginning the tiling... the issue we have is that we are tiling the kitchen and pantry... at the doorway of the pantry, the floor rises at the support underneath... creating a rise in tha tarea... i figured by laying cement board down and making sure that a full sheet covers that area, we'd have a flat surface with a slight rise...

Tileguybob

06:20PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Sounds like a joist is crowned up. If you can get the ply off over that joist you could plane it down level with the others.
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