Installing Tile, Basement Floor with Drain

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Installing Tile, Basement Floor with Drain

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We want to tile a basement floor that has a drain. The concrete floor slopes toward the drain, as expected. I've tiled level floors, but what special tile or technique do I need to know about to tile a sloping floor?

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The smaller the tile, the easier to follow the contour of the floor. If its asteep slope go with a small tile, if a shallow slope you could probably do an 8" tile, if a minimal slope over a large area maybe a 12".
Remove all paint and sealer from the concrete. Any cracks in the floor?
 
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Thanks for the response. Any rough idea what a "steep" slope is? 3/4" per foot? 1/4" per foot?

We just had the waste line replaced: channel busted up, new pipe, concrete patch on the channel.

Do you forsee any problems laying tile over the recent work?

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Old 03-09-05, 07:48 AM
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1/4" per foot is the industy standard but that would be too much for anything bigger than 3" tile at the point where the floor goes from flat to sloped. A floor with a lesser pitch spread over a wide area, like a one car garage bay with the drain in the middle of the floor, could use the bigger tile throughout.
No problem laying tile over the patch job, just make sure it is smooth and level with the rest of the floor. Some patch jobs are pretty rough around the edges and not too smooth across the surface which raises the degree of difficulty in settting the tile flat over the patch.
 
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