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6 Tips for Using Self Leveling Cement

Regardless of the subflooring you might have, you may notice that some parts of it are not leveled. Although the old houses are those that usually have this problem, newer ones can also be prone to uneven floors. Fortunately, there is something you can do in order to level a subfloor and that is to use self leveling cement. Nonetheless, before doing this you must prepare the surface you want covered. When actually pouring the cement, you also have to be very fast, so in case you do not think you can do it yourself, make sure that you get a helping hand to assist you.

Tips for pouring self leveling cement

  1. First of all, you should walk on your plywood subfloor in order to determine if this is a stable one. If you discover areas that squeak or move, you have to secure them. This can be done by screwing wood screws into your floor’s joints.
  2. The second thing you must do is to place a 4 foot level on your subfloor. Areas requiring attention should be marked with a pencil. This should be followed by sweeping the floor in order for all the debris to be removed. The subfloor should also be washed with a mop and then left to dry.
  3. The next step is the opening of the latex prime with the help of a flathead screwdriver. This rime should be mixed with a paint stirrer and then poured on your subfloor. In order for this coat to be even, you can use a paint roller. The subfloor should also be left to dry.
  4. The fourth step is represented by mixing the self leveling cement with water. This must be done with the help of a dill. Water should be added as necessary until the self leveling cement gets the consistency of a pea soup.
  5. The next thing you have to do is to actually pour the self leveling cement on your subfloor. The lowest zones should be the first to be filled with the self leveling cement. In case you need more cement, you should do another mix very quickly, as this type of cement needs about 10 minutes in order to stiffen. As soon as you mix another batch, you should quickly spread it on the floor. Do not forget to feather its edges by using a 12 inch drywall blade. However, remember that you do not need to overwork its surface, in order not to ruin it.
  6. Before continuing to level your subfloor, you should let the self leveling cement to cure properly. In case you want to add a new level of cement, you should necessarily feather its edges in a very responsible manner, in order to avoid the appearance of any possible high spots. However, in the unfortunate case in which you find high spots, you should try and sand those areas by using a simple drywall sanding pad. This is easy to do and can leave you with a smooth and even subfloor on which you will be able to apply later on any kind of overlaying you want.

 

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