Install a Heated Wood Floor
Step 8: Embed the heating system using leveling compound.
When the heating system is completely installed, apply a mixture of modified latex thinset compound over the entire heating system. Use a scrap board to spread and level the thinset to the top of the sleepers. Leveling compounds/thin-set/adhesive MUST contain latex compounds and capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 140°F (60°C) when used with underfloor electric heat systems.
Step 9: Install the hardwood flooring.
When the leveling compound has cured, install the hardwood flooring by attaching it to the wood sleepers only. Use caution not to damage the wires with your fasteners.
Step 10: Program the thermostat.
Program the thermostat to a maximum of 81°F (26.5°C) to avoid drying out the wood or causing warping. The thermostat must be regulated by a floor probe positioned between the heating cables. Note the Warmup 4IE thermostat does this automatically when selecting Wood Floors in the menu.
Editor’s Note: Robert Robillard is principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts, and editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter, www.AConcordCarpenter.com.
Side Note One
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Side Note Two
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