It's a Floor!

Project by J posted 12-07-2012 08:37 PM 2725 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes! It’s a floor, in a living room. Perhaps not the most exciting pictures to look at, but did I mention it’s 320 square feet of slate and it’s heated.

I stripped out the old carpeting, removed the old baseboard heaters, and then pulled the padding and all of the staples.

Next step, lay out the 240V heat cable, wire it up. I used the type that comes on a spool, not the stuff pre-installed in a mat.
I zigged and zagged several hundred feet of cable 3” apart, taped it down to the floor with heat tape and then bedded it into self leveling mortar to a thickness of 1/4”. With natural slate the tiles are different thicknesses, so sorting by thickness and blending colors from different packs was in order. The rest of the job was just laying tile, mix thinset, lay tile, wait, grout, wipe floor (over and over).

Radiant heat floors are so nice, especially here in the cold, rainy northwest.

-- I found the board stretcher... finally!

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posted 12-07-2012 10:21 PM


That’s a lot of work! All those angles and corners are maddening when trying to find a starting point. You made it look easy. Thanks for the tips on sorting the slate and mortaring in the heat cable!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 12-10-2012 02:55 AM

That’s a lot of square feet, and to match up the slate – PITA!!! That’s a good reason I don’t like working with slate. I like it – nice. Now, if only I could figure out how to incorporate feel-o-vision on my computer so I could also enjoy the floor…

Good job, J.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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