Bryan Migliorisi

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bio website deserialized.com
location New York, NY
age 30
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Apr
28
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Apr
28
comment How can I protect the soleplate when framing basement walls?
I read something once suggesting using PVC decking like Trex as the soleplate against the concrete and attach 2x4 bottom plate along that which sounds like it could be even better than pressure treated but I dont know anyone who has ever done such a thing.
Aug
24
comment Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?
Really, the biggest question here is whether or not the mastic can be covered with any kind of material - whether its thinset or FG - and still provide a strong enough bond.
Aug
22
comment Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?
Do you think it'd be safe to put the fracture guard down over the mastic? I know best case would be to remove as much mastic as possible. We'll be putting porcelain down.
Aug
22
comment Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?
Could you explain how that answers my original question?
Aug
22
comment Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?
@Edwin One thing I've read over and over is that its not recommended to use a solvent to remove the mastic because its likely that the mastic has entered and filled the holes and pores of the slab and that no amount of scraping will get that out. Without those pores exposed, the thinset wont bond correctly. Does that sound right to you?
Aug
22
comment Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?
@DMoore Thanks, and good points but Schluter also says Ditra acts as a vapor management solution allowing moisture to escape from the substrate. It does specifically say "moisture" and not "water" and I'm not sure exactly where the line is drawn between the two. Given the situation I explained, if you have another solution, please make a suggestion! I'm open to anything - Ditra was recommended to me elsewhere.
Aug
21
asked Can I put tile in my basement over Ditra and existing mastic?
Aug
21
comment Seal basement floor before tiling
Thanks for all your help @HerrBag. I'm still 4-6 months away from starting this work so I've got plenty more time to come up with a plan but this has been great info. Much appreciated.
Aug
21
accepted Seal basement floor before tiling
Aug
21
comment Seal basement floor before tiling
I might be over thinking it a bit.. 99% of the water that is in the basement comes from the same wall every time. I'm sure fixing that will fix most of the problem. There will still be a couple of spots that I've seen with calcium deposits, but that might be residual from the impact from hurricane Sandy. The other thing that was suggested to me was to use DITRA underlayment to provide some waterproofing to the tiled floor, instead of sealing the floor.
Aug
20
comment Seal basement floor before tiling
Thanks HerrBag. Your suggestions are all part of my plan. I understand that the tile is impervious to water but the grout will not be, so I want to do my best to prevent water from coming up from the floor. I just don't know if the thinset (yes real, powered thinset) will bond properly to a sealed floor.
Aug
20
asked Seal basement floor before tiling
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18
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14
comment How do I install an air conditioner in a larger window?
Great advice - thanks! I didnt even think about plexigalss. One question - how does one cut plexi?
Jul
14
accepted How do I install an air conditioner in a larger window?