Applying Thin-Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

In our previous article in this floor tiling home renovation project, we had installed the metal tile screen onto the 1/2 inch plywood sub floor in preparation for the new large tiles.

Today we quickly examine placing the thin-set concrete into the screen as the last step before the contractors can actually install the new floor tiles.

Now, one doesn’t need a lot of precision for this step. You just need to ensure you mix the right amount of water with the dry mix so the mud as they call it is the right texture.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

The contractor who did this step had a nice approach for along the wood base of the basement stairs banister, using just a little of the cement compound at a time along the edge to ensure that none was left on the wood edge itself.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

Now, some planning was needed regarding access into and out of the house.

Our home has a front door, another door from the garage into the laundry room, one door from the kitchen out to the deck (which does not have stairs to the ground) and a last door in the walkout basement to the backyard.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

So, if they were to place the thin-set concrete mixture over the entire area to be tiled at once, we would not be able to get into or out of the house while the mixture was drying … not even to take Sandy, our pet dog, out to do her, um, business.

The plan was to place the thin-set mixture over the entire floor area of the laundry room as well as over most of the front hall. The only area which did not have the initial concrete mixture was a three foot strip from the living room entrance.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

This did not allow us to use the front door. Yet, we could walk in from the basement, up the stairs and again directly into the living room.

As shown below we  placed two empty boxes at the entrance from the kitchen to the mail hall to prevent us and Sandy from walking onto the wet thin-set at night.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

We also kept the doors closed in the living room as you can see below.

Here is what it looked like at 6 am the next morning, more than 12 hours later..

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

Still looks wet, doesn’t it?

Well, by 10 am when the contractors started here is what it looked like. Big difference an additional 4 hours later.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

However, the laundry room was still too wet to work on. So, one of the contractors brought in a tall fan, shown in the picture below,  which circulated the air and helped to quickly dry the concrete thin-set in no time.

 Applying Thin Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

Select this link to continue to the next article outlining the final new sub floor preparations before the oversized floor tile is laid.

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