preparing a part wooden, part concrete floor for tiling

27 Sep 2004
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I am planning to lay vinyl tiles in my bathroom. The floor is wood but unfortunately there is a concrete hearth set into the floor. I was planning to cover the floor with plywood but I'm not sure what to do about the hearth. Do I treat it the same as the rest of the floor and screw the plywood to it or leave this section uncovered and use self leveling compound to bring it up flush with the plywood.

Your comments would be much appreciated,

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treefrog said:
Do I treat it the same as the rest of the floor and screw the plywood to it
Both idea are good but I would go for plywood all over to prevent any hairline cracks thru' the vinly floor. Might be a idea to use a bitumen base product on top of the hearth with screw & rawlplug to prevent tapping noise.
I would just ply over it as masona says but if it is only small I would just gripfil that bit and screw the rest
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Thanks guys

I've spent a lot of time thinking about this problem and you've given me the reassurance that I needed. That together with my new gel filled knee pads, now I've got no excuse but to knuckle down.


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