08-15-2012 01:13 PM
I am a novice DIYer taking on a number of projects on a fixer-upper I just purchased. When I removed the carpet in the basement and stairs leading to basement ... of course, there was VAT. When I pulled off the stairs, the tiles came with the carpet leaving the black adhesive over hardwood (I am using safety equipment, ie respirator ... of course). Most of the tiles on the basement floor are still intact besides the perimeter where the tack strips were nailed in.
My question is ... I was discussing my plans with an employee of HD, He suggested removing the broken perimeter tiles, cleaning thoroughly, and using Featherfinish over the existing tiles and adhesive. He also stated that I could use Featherfinish on the stairs. His comments were that it would by pasty enough to spread on the risers. I haven't tried it yet, but I guess I wanted a second opinion. Will this product be able to spread onto the risers? My original plan was to use a self leveling compound over the tiles on the floor and cover the adhesive on the stairs with plywood and eventually put vinyl wood planks down. Also... the Henry Featherfinish states that it will cover up to 150 square feet. Is that accurate? it seems like alot of square footage for a 7 pound bag.
Thanks in advance,
08-21-2012 11:40 AM
Hello Tridoc and congrats on your purchase.
Tridoc i like your original plan on using self leveling over the tiles on the floor.Henry 549 Feather Finish is a great product but it’s more intended to be used for skimcoating and patching than building up and covering surfaces.
150 sf coverage relates to skimcoating over plywood, on concrete covered with cutback you’ll be getting 60-80 sf per one 7lb. package the most.
I would eliminate an idea of removing broken tiles, i don’t see a need for them to be removed + they are asbestos and you would need to properly dispose them. I’d apply self leveling to the thickness of 3/8" of an inch plus over the entire surface. Going this route you'll get best of the both worlds, a leveled and a smooth substrate for the new tiles to be installed and all of the asbestos covered up. Normally that's how professional installers would handle VAT on concrete floors.
You can use Feather Finish on the stairs over the cutback adhesive (black stuff) if you want to. Depending on the budget and number of the treads I’d look in to option of replacing them with new hardwood treads and staining them.
Personally I always try to avoid installing vinyl on the stairs.
Hope this helps,
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