When working with a self leveling compound, there is always the possibility that in your efforts to create a smooth surface for your tile installation, you in fact end up with a bubbling or cracking leveler. How can this be eliminated?
As basic as it sounds, one of the most important things is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. These instructions will contain details such as how to mix the compound, what is the optimum consistency to be achieved and when best to make the application. You may even want to go to the manufacturer’s website for more information. In this case, you can never be too well informed since this knowledge will help greatly in reducing the possibility of a failed leveler application.
Once you have forearmed yourself with the facts from the manufacturer, you need to have a few practice runs rather than take a chance at spreading it on your floor without any previous experience. Practice getting the consistency recommended by the manufacturer. As a general rule, a leveling compound has the consistency of a thin soup. If you mix it as you would concrete, to the thickness of peanut butter, you will not be able to pour the mixture or use it properly.
When pouring out the mixture, do it slowly. When the compound is poured out too quickly, this increases the possibility that air will get trapped in the mix and this will create bubbles. Work slowly and carefully. When you pour it out, it will spread over the floor, filling in low spots.
Make sure that you bring the room to the recommended temperature when working with the leveler. If the room is well above or below the correct temperature, the compound may not set properly or may crack when it dries.
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