Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MeCzech Great product.
In our remodeling project we got few bumpy areas on concrete pad surface which we needed to level for new flooring. I purchased this product among others, because it it can be used for both, thin and thicker layers of leveler. According to instructions on pic.1-3, first we vacuumed all area, then we applied the primer recomanded by Home Depot associate. After primer dried, we mixed the concrete leveler in the bucket with the help of mixer mounted on drill. We poured mix over the bumpy surface and since we needed level few smaller areas we spread the leveler with finishing trowel. On deeper places we used roller with pins in the order to get possible air bubbles out. The leveler mix starts getting thicker immediately after mix is poured, thus make sure, that everything is ready to work with the mix right the way. The mix needs to be helped to spread and roughly leveled, the fine smoothing and leveling is provided by mix itself. It's a great product and great help where needed. It's safer for environment-releases less CO2 then cement.
Info on the bag: State of California Proposition 65 Warning.
Please, refer to the SDS and www.CTScement.com for additional safety information regarding this material.
April 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Michelle Easy to Use
I tore up the carpet in my condo only to find that the concrete was mostly cracked leveler that wasn't actually stuck to the floor (which was a good thing, as I'd rather redo leveler than broken concrete, but kind of bad as apparently half my unit is sinking into the ground). I can't stress mixing it enough for proper flow, but if you mix it thoroughly, it does exactly what it's supposed to. I'm 5 bags in and will be going for a 6th and hopefully final bag tomorrow.
July 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mike Not quite self leveling as indicated in write up. tricky but not impossible to make work
So as you can read...there's a mix of good and mix of bad reviews for this product. I bought 36 bags so far so after numerous trial and errors I was able to get it to work. I do agree that the water recomendations on the bag lacks the factors that apparently makes a difference between cake frosting texture and a free flowing mixture. maybe water hardness, clorine in the water, humidity , temps, who knows why folks using the same mix are getting different results. one of the problems is a review resonse says mix for 4 minutes...but the setting time is 15 minutes...so does that leave 9 minutes to get the stuff laid ouT. I defintely had to use more water than indicated and mixing longer was not a factor in making the suff more fluid.....adding water a little at a time while mixing was the only way to get this to a free flow form...AND this stuff has very limted self leveling capabilities.....I doubt that you would get any self leveling effect if you put more than a coffee can full of this stuff per 2 square feet. The good news is that the stuff seems to balance out and blends well into adjoing areas. Watering this stuff...even with a midl mist seems to be a big mistake...until its fully cured...it seems sensitive to watering and the adding of water seems to disolve the surface of the pour resulting in texture changes based on the water spray pattern as well as discoloring the misted areas. The balls of dry mix is a problem and very difficult to eliminate especially if you mix more than a bag of this at a time. This is a very difficult product to use on large areas such as a 15X45 foot garage floor...AND..after using 36 bags of this stuff AM of the conviction that its best suited for underlayment of a bathroom size area where the limitation of mixing one bag at a time and the fast setting time is less of a problem since you could probally knock out a bathroom with 4 bags. LASTLY, why on earth would you make this set fast setting....common sense is that longer setting time would be a plus so that you have more time to work the bugs out and get this a s level as possible. I had to add 3% sugar to this stuff to slow the cure rate down enough so that it would not set too fast. The resulting surface does not look like it can take a lot of foot traffic in an exposed state so I am not quite sure this is really a cement product......it seems very sensitive to water early in the process and the resulting surface looks very fragile. Recomendations would be to buy a bag and try it out and get a good understanding of the mix ratio and product limtations. For the amoun of money over the cost of basic portland cement...the value of what is supposed to be "self-levling" is just not there. Maybe we have to high of an expectation for what "self-leving " is....plain water is self leveling..ketchup is not...this behaves more like ketchup than water. Get yourself some spike shoes so that you can walk over the pour and not have any foot prints....it makes a difference when you are re-walking the area to balance out the level of the poor.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LarrBag Works Great - don't worry about mixing!
So I read the other reviews that were written that say it is "far too thick to pour" and 5qts is not enough water.
Let me tell you, 5 qts is PLENTY of water. There is only 2 possible ways that you can mess up the mixing:
1) you are not measuring correctly. Are you confusing pints and quarts? cups and quarts?
2) you tried to pour the water into the powder.
I actually found that 5qts was too MUCH water and caused my mix to be a little too runny. But the instructions do say 4-5qts, so I found after a few bags that about 4.25 quarts achieved the consistency I desired.
Seriously, at 5 qts of water, you could mix it up pretty well with just your arm and a paint stir stick. (don't really do this, I'm just pointing out that those previous reviewers really screwed something up if 5qts was not enough water for them).
My only negative is that this stuff is EXPENSIVE at $32/bag. But it works great and did what I needed, so I'll probably use it again if I have to.
June 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by john Works great!
This stuff works great. Just follow he directions for mixing, After using 6 bags, I waited a few hours until it was firm and then used an 80 grit orbital sander to smooth out the over laps. It sanded like wood (wear a dust mask) but if I waited longer, it might have been too hard, The reason for sanding is because I'm coating the floor rather than installing tile or whatever over it. I want the top coat to be smooth.
June 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DR Don't read the instructions!
There is no scientific way this material will free flow to level using the bag instructions of 5qts maximum of water for a 50 lb. bag. The mix becomes a cake frosting texture forcing you to use a trowel to move it close to where you want it. This is not acceptable with 20 min. to smear this stuff in place. A frantic call to Home Depot ended with the recommendation of adding more water which allowed me to save at least part of my $140 investment. I still would need 8 more bags to complete 1/2 of my project. Not looking good.
May 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by parttimehack Good for Novice
Used several bags of this on a short concrete walk way that I roughly poured in between patio area and pool area. It covered up the dips and poor workmanship so I can eventually install a paver- type product that gets cemented (thin set) on to the top. I'm pretty happy with the results. If you're a novice with concrete, this is a good product to cover up a workmanship issues. You can add little more water and it pours easily enough or you could cut back and make it more pliable for work it to an edge. I also used this on a dry rotted wood beam. I scraped our the broken and splintered wood, made a fairly watered down mixture and poured it in. This happens to be on the top of the beam , elevated about 9 feet, and is out of sight, I intend to paint it.
August 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Made floor worse
Absolutely made the floor worse, because this is far too thick to self level. Per the instructions, we started with 5Q water to the concrete, and found it barely flowed. By the fourth bucket, we were going up to 6Q and it worked a little better, but the fourth bucket also was full of little pebbles, which effectively ruined the entire job (in tandem with the trowel marks and peaks that didn't go down).
As someone who makes daily trips to Home Depot, and made this purchase (and all of the accompaniments of squeegee, primer, helix mixing paddle, etc...) based on the recommendation and guidance of the staff, I'm very frustrated. This is now the second time I would say I've been "steered wrong" by the Longmont Home Depot building products dept representatives. Fortunately, the Lowes is closer anyways, so we'll probably have to start relying on them for flooring building materials.
May 16, 2016