10:23AM | 11/14/07
Member Since: 11/13/07
2 lifetime posts
Hi, I'm Renee and this is my first post. I've been reading some of the posts here and nothing's helped. My dilemma is this: I inherited a house from my parents and have decided I'd like to live there. A lot needs to be done and being the "steel magnolia" that I am, decided to try to do the work myself. Money is tight and I really can't afford repairmen or contractors.I've had a new roof, doors, windows, plumbing and some electrical work done because I knew I couldn't handle that. The rooms aren't very big and I bought enough parquet tiles and adhesive to cover 4 rooms. 3 rooms have what I think is ceramic tiling and one is a concrete floor. I know I've got to level all the floors before I put the tile down. The leveling compound says I can put it down over the current tiles and is self-leveling. Do I also need backerboard? This is where I'm really confused because I don't understand how to put it down. I won't even go into what the kitchen needs! I really thought I could do it by myself but now I'm feeling so overwhelmed I'm in tears.I loved my parents and am appreciative they had something to give to me and my father took great pride in being a self made man. He built the house himself. He was a wonderful man but didn't know diddly-squat about carpentry or masonry and I've got a nightmare to deal with. Would someone please tell me where to start and what I need to do, something to calm my nerves and make me feel more confident about this project? All suggestions are welcome. Better still, refer me to "This Old House" or "Extreme Makeover:Home Edition".

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


06:48PM | 11/14/07
Member Since: 08/29/07
56 lifetime posts
You can do this. You don't have to have it done by tommorrow. It'll look great and you'll be very proud of yourself and will have increased your self esteem greatly. People like you.

Hope that helped a little.

I'm not a wood guy, but I have a few thoughts.I see those guys stick wood to the self level all the time. But I live in Florida so I would double check that it's o.k.If you level the floor and it's considered an acceptable substrate you shouldn't need backerboard. Now search this sight and read all you can about installing wood. Then find another forum that deals with wood and read alot there as well.When you finally feel you know exactly what to do; take your time and don't try to rush.Little steps. You can do it.(picture Rob Schneider the actor saying that last line to get a chuckle). Now go and kick butt.


05:19AM | 11/15/07
Member Since: 11/13/07
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Scuttlebutt. Maybe it's my fear of the unknown. I'm gonna take some pics of this mess so you can see the change. Planning to get started first of Dec.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


12:55PM | 11/21/07
Member Since: 08/24/05
25 lifetime posts
Not sure which self leveler you're planning on using, but here's some tips...

Make sure you read the various types to see how deep/high it will range. For example, some self levelers are only good from feather-edge to 1/2", others go all the way up to 2 1/2", even more when mixed with an aggregate. (Pebbles usually.)

You should be able to use this directly as your surface once it's cured, no backerboard needed.

Take it one step at a time, and if you don't understand something, ask here, or at a local DIY store.

You know... if there's a local Union shop nearby, sometimes they'll have apprentices do installations as a practise for a reduced rate. (A teacher still has to supervise & approve their work.)

Just a thought. :)

Good luck & Happy Holidays!

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