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LevelQuik RS 50 lb. Self-Leveling Underlayment

$32.97 / each
If you buy 20 or more
$24.73 / each
  • Seeks its own level in minutes
  • Levels from feather edge to 1.5" in one pour
  • Walkable in 4 hours

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LevelQuik RS (Rapid Setting) Self-Leveling Underlayment helps level floors prior to the installation of ceramic tile, natural stone, resilient flooring, carpet, wood and other floor coverings. This quick-setting underlayment can be applied to 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) thick in one pour and seeks its own level in minutes. With proper installation, the use of LevelQuik RS can achieve an extra heavy rating for high impact use in food plants, dairies, breweries and kitchens. LevelQuik RS helps eliminate installation problems such as bond failure, crumbling and staining of resilient flooring caused by the free moisture found in traditional underlayment.

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  • Used to level floors prior to the installation of ceramic tile, natural stone, resilient flooring, carpet, wood and parquet flooring
  • Formulated with control cure technology
  • Cures fast and develops high early strength for quick installation
  • Walkable in 4 hours
  • Rated for extra heavy use per ASTM C627

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Can you mix the compound in a wheelbarrow or large trash can? Is there a way to slow the potting time?

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August 9, 2014
I'm concerned that I don't have enough time to mix one bag in a 5-gallon bucket, pour and screed, then mix a new batch and pour the new mix on top of the old, potted mix. I'm thinking of mixing 3-4 bags in either a wheelbarrow or a tall (32-gallon) trash can and dumping the whole mix at once. Is there a problem or risk doing it this way? Or, is there a slower-potting version of this compound? Thank you.
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August 12, 2014
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Trash can would be best. You can mix it all at once, but you'll need a strong drill and a large paddle to mix it fast. And it'll be a couple hundred pounds so have help. This is the RS for rapid set. There's also an ES (I think it's special order) that is extended set. If you're mixing in one big batch either should be OK to use. Just make sure you seal up any cracks or holes as this stuff will find a Read More
Trash can would be best. You can mix it all at once, but you'll need a strong drill and a large paddle to mix it fast. And it'll be a couple hundred pounds so have help. This is the RS for rapid set. There's also an ES (I think it's special order) that is extended set. If you're mixing in one big batch either should be OK to use. Just make sure you seal up any cracks or holes as this stuff will find a path if there is one - IE around toilet flanges, walls, etc. I usually put some caulk or spray foam around all the edges that way you have some wiggle room. It's easy to rip the foam out after it dries and fill in any voids it leaves with mortar. Read Less
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August 11, 2014
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A 32-gallon trash can can be used for mixing 2 bags. More than 2 bags will be too heavy. Mix for no more than 2 minutes. Use cool water. If you need further assistance contact our installation division at 800.282.8786
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August 10, 2014
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Since the product is little bit costly and we needed to cover quite large areas, we did not experiment and just strictly followed instructions. It hardened pretty fast. I think it does not matter how many bags you mix at the same time if you are able to work with mix really fast.
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August 10, 2014
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The areas I did seem to be much smaller than your project. What you mix it in shouldn't make a difference just remember to add the compound, a little at a time, to the measured amount of water stirring as you go. I think a 1/2" drill with a paddle blade will be mandatory for that amount of compound. Your bucket should be round and flat on the bottom so no compound can hide in the corners. I found that Read More
The areas I did seem to be much smaller than your project. What you mix it in shouldn't make a difference just remember to add the compound, a little at a time, to the measured amount of water stirring as you go. I think a 1/2" drill with a paddle blade will be mandatory for that amount of compound. Your bucket should be round and flat on the bottom so no compound can hide in the corners. I found that using a little extra water slowed the curing time with no ill effects. The water will rise to the surface and evaporate off. Finally, since the mixed product is pretty watery be sure to seal (I used acrylic caulk) any holes or cracks that the mix can escape through. I learned this lesson the hard way :) Preparation is 80% of the job, Good Luck. Read Less
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August 10, 2014
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The best way to mix this is by following the directions to a tee. Mix in a bucket with the proper amount of water using a drill with a mixing attachment until it attains the consistency needed. Mixing ant other way would be difficult and would likely not work as well.
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Can one bag be mixed in a 5 gal pail, or do I need a bigger container?

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Jacksonville, FL
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August 16, 2016
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Yes, a 5 gallon pail is perfect.
Keys to success:
Block off escape routes. LevelQuik RS is slightly thicker than water but will flow through cracks easily.
Carefully measure water into bucket. The colder the water, the longer the set time (it will still be fairly quick).
Use an egg-beater style mixing paddle, not a spiral one.
Slowly add the bag of LevelQuik RS to the water while mixing.
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Yes, a 5 gallon pail is perfect.
Keys to success:
Block off escape routes. LevelQuik RS is slightly thicker than water but will flow through cracks easily.
Carefully measure water into bucket. The colder the water, the longer the set time (it will still be fairly quick).
Use an egg-beater style mixing paddle, not a spiral one.
Slowly add the bag of LevelQuik RS to the water while mixing.
Mix no longer than instructed.
Pour immediately.
Thin pours need some troweling to help it spread and edges may be feathered.
I mixed 3 bags by myself and it came out great. Read Less
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July 23, 2016
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You can but it will fill it to the very top of the bucket and you will likely have a mess on your hands.
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Ridgefield, CT
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July 23, 2016
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The 5 gallon "Homer Bucket" is the perfect size for one bag.
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San Marcos,Tx
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July 23, 2016
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1 five gallon bucket will be fine for 1 bag of level quick. My suggestion is to use more water than what is called for on the bag. I have used this product 3 times and the 2nd & 3rd times I used additional water and it worked much better.
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I have a 50lb bag of levelquick and it states that you must use Latex primer. Home depot only had the Acrylic Prmer any

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The latex and acrylic will work. The materials are essentially the same.
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July 18, 2016
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LevelQuik Latex Primer is recommended to be used prior to pouring LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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Home Depot usually carries the Latex Primer near the bags of LevelQuik. Maybe they were out of stock.
Check this link to check the availability at your store:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-LevelQuik-1-qt-Latex-Primer-CPQT/100115970
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Home Depot usually carries the Latex Primer near the bags of LevelQuik. Maybe they were out of stock.
Check this link to check the availability at your store:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-LevelQuik-1-qt-Latex-Primer-CPQT/100115970
Also check the manufacturer's product web page for more info: http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/products/surface-preparation/self-leveling-underlayments/levelquik/levelquik-rs.aspx Read Less
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The level quick primer should be in quarts right next to the level quick. I have used lattes bonding primer successfully myself but if it fails there is no warranty.
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can it be painted after it cures and leave with out putting other flooring over it

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May 26, 2016
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I poured it over my concrete slab basement bathroom then I applied concrete dye to it for color then a sealer on top. Did it in a small bathroom 6 months ago and looks great.
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May 20, 2016
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LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment is an underlayment that would require a permanent flooring as a wear surface. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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It isn't intended for this purpose. That said I did it in my garage over 10 years ago, painted it with epoxy paint and it has held up. I told the Custom's representative what I'd done and his first words was,
" It isn't warranted for that use." Then he asked me how I'd done it and was a bit impressed.
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The manufacturer advises against that. See the Technical/Installation section at http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/products/surface-preparation/self-leveling-underlayments/levelquik/levelquik-rs.aspx
Under the heading "Limitations to the Product:"
• Do not use as a permanent wear surface.
From my experience, the cured LevelQuick is not as hard as regular concrete. If you paint it, the paint Read More
The manufacturer advises against that. See the Technical/Installation section at http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/products/surface-preparation/self-leveling-underlayments/levelquik/levelquik-rs.aspx
Under the heading "Limitations to the Product:"
• Do not use as a permanent wear surface.
From my experience, the cured LevelQuick is not as hard as regular concrete. If you paint it, the paint and a bit of the LevelQuick will wear away quickly. Read Less
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Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 218 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Another Phenomenal Custom Product!!! The result is almost like granite in feel! I had an area just inside my garage that collected water. I am about to tile that garage and wanted to raise that low area. I mixed up the mixture and immediately poured it in place and then used a notched trowel to feather in the edges. I eventually grabbed a chip brush and that worked even better to feather in around the edges. The bag instructions say to mix up the whole bag. Of course, that was way more product than I needed so I mixed up half of it. I immediately poured it in the low area and worked to feather the edges. The compound begins setting up in as little as five minutes, which helps get the cure time under four hours. If you plan on carrying a bucket around like mortar and hitting a bunch of low spots, you'll see the bucket go hard in under five minutes. Mix up batches for each area and you'll be fine. Remember to wash your tools off ASAP and the material will come off easily, even after it hardens up a tad. I accidentally stepped on the edge of the area after an hour and my shoe left no mark. The hardened surface is amazingly solid and smooth, right out to the very edge. I had also ground off an epoxy paint a previous owner had painted outside my garage door on my garage slab. I feathered some leveling compound out there to give the slab a nice uniform appearance and it looks so good, I am doing the other door as well. This compound dries very dark and must have loads of Portland in it as well as polymer bonders that go hot only a few minutes after you stop mixing. I am sure its waterproof and it will help with water penetration through the shrinkage cracks outside the garage door. USE: Have a trowel out and a 2 or 3" chip brush, work quickly after its mixed and you will be amazed with the result. Any questions, call Custom Tech Support and they'll answer any question you have. GREAT folks. July 31, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by "seeks its own level" yea right This product does not "self level" as the bag claims. You have to screed it or smooth it out flat yourself. If you don't flatten it perfectly with your tools, it will not level out perfectly on its own. I followed the instructions carefully and exactly. I used a trowel to do a rough spread of the slurry across the 5x5 bathroom floor at about 1/2" depth. At that point I was DEPENDING on the "SELF LEVELING" aspect of this product to do the rest, but it failed. I was left with new high and low spots. If a product says it "seeks it own level", why does the customer have to screed and trowel it out themselves perfectly. This is false advertising. July 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Stuff If you know or learn how to use this product you will have the best results ever. Read the instructions, watch a video or two on YouTube, use a powerful drill with a good mixing attachment, add the dry product to the water 1/4 at a time, mix throughly, move quickly, pour a little into the corners first, back your way out of the area. If you require more than 2 batches you should have a helper, have a measured pre-filled bucket for each batch to save time (you can re-use the same mixing bucket), so you only have to clean one or two at most. You must caulk or fill any hole no how small or the cement will drain out. This product dries fast so keep moving. June 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Not a happy person....... I had a small job that would take just 1 bag Primarily to level out the shower basin area but figured I would carry it over into the floor tile area. It should be a quick and easy job. I am gutted with the final results. The shower area looks great but coming out onto the floor tile area there are "waves" in leveler that did not show up when wet. The ridges are worse than the floor was before adding LevelQuik RS. It did seem to be harder to work with towards the end of the process. I reviewed different brands. Henry looked really good but they were out when I went to buy the leveler. I read the instructions over and over again. I reviewed the video 8+ times pausing to look at the details. I called tech service and they just said grind it down or chisel it out!!! AAARRRGGHHH. Not sure what to do now???? Add more leveler? Try the Henry brand when it comes in?? Sickened. Frustrated. August 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Wasted 550 dollars on this junk Dries WAY too fast! does not flow into the low areas as it should! f you could somehow slow down the drying time, it may work alright, but they way it is it's only good for small areas! August 1, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Levelore The product was easy to use and worked as exoected July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by works good! I used this product to level a floor that I had removed ceramic tile from. I removed as much of the old thinset as possible but sometimes dug into the concrete while removing it. I needed a flat surface to lay the new tile so I used this product to achieve that. Mix it thin, more workable that way. Need to "help" it flow by using a trowel to move it around some. Doesn't produce a perfectly flat surface but leaves it pretty good July 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Not the best for DIYer This may very well be a great product for a professional team of contractors however if your a one or even two person DIY team this is not the best product. It sets too quick even with one person mixing and one pouring spreading. Me and my wife did a small bedroom and the results due to the fast dry time was not great. It wasn't horrible and I was able to correct most of the worst stuff with some sanding afterwards. My time between pours was roughly 6-7 minutes and that just wasn't fast enough to keep a wet edge. Also the stuff would stiffen and stop leveling in about 5 minutes after pouring. I added the maximum water per the instructions 5.75 quarts and this helped a little but still sets too fast. I have some more rooms to do but will be using the extended set Levelquick. I'm surprised that HD doesn't carry this in stock as it's more suitable to the DIYer and that seems to be there primary market segment. You can get if from HD but you'll have to order it. July 4, 2016
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