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Old 01-23-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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So I met with a HO today about finishing their basement. Its a walkout about 800 sq ft of finished space and they said they wanted to put down a product called Dri Core flooring over the concrete. They saw it at Home Depot and on HGTV or something and it looks like it would work well for their basement.

This is the first I have heard of the product, and at about $6.00 per 4 sq ft, they are starting at $1200 for material plus labor to install it, then begin to frame the basement up.

I have done a handful of basement finishes for both an employer and as a GC, and this was never really an issue. If the basement was dry when we started, it was like an assumption water wouldn't be an issue. After the HO mentioned it, it got me thinking that it may not be a bad idea, but out of the 8 basements I have done as a GC, not a single one to this day has any water issues. All of the ones I have done have a sump pump in the basement, but water can do some strange things. What is everyone's take on this situation? Worth it or waste of time and money?
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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i think it would be a good idea if they came in 4x8 sheets not that crap you see at home depot

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Is a good product and goes down relatively easily. Good opportunity to make money.
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I have never used it but looked into it recently. The smaller squares should give more flexibility on a floor. I backed off because the project I considered it for had a floor drain and it was a100 year old basement. The product suggestes shimming each piece level. I could understand taking out the wobble but level seems like a hassle. These thing interlock.
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In my opinion, this product is really useless for moisture. The only flooring that can be sucessfully be installed over it is carpets. Because it sits off the concrete, it would help to keep the floor warm. At $6 a sf, it's hardly worth it.
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Is a good product and goes down relatively easily. Good opportunity to make money.
I've used it a couple times and agree.
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One issue I possibly see is areas that get tile and areas that get carpet. I would not install the Dri core where the tile would be such as wet bar, bathroom, wine cellar, and in front of the 2 basement doors. With Dri core raising the carpet level, and carpet and pad on top of it, it would create a trip hazard where these surfaces meet. Also, from the finished to unfinished, but a threshold could be installed there.

For those of you who have used it, it is essentially a floating floor is it not?
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In basements water is almost always a concern if your certain it will never ever ever flood....

If you have a damp basement I think using products like dri core is smart.

But has anyone ever thought of just using foundation drain tile and laying ply over that? Same theory isant it?
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In basements water is almost always a concern if your certain it will never ever ever flood....

If you have a damp basement I think using products like dri core is smart.

But has anyone ever thought of just using foundation drain tile and laying ply over that? Same theory isant it?
I have. Twice. With great sucess. I like it for two reasons:
1.The depth of the drainage plastic is greater than dri-core
2. I installed 1/2" exterior grade ply - none of this osb sh*te!
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You are not supposed to install tiles over DriCore,only carpet, vinyl,floating laminate/hardwood.
Used since it came to market in late 90's,did HGTV segment for them once, great product.
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You are not supposed to install tiles over DriCore,only carpet, vinyl,floating laminate/hardwood.
Used since it came to market in late 90's,did HGTV segment for them once, great product.
I was going to have the tile installed directly on the concrete, but carpet pad and then depending on the pile of carpet they get, where the carpet meets the tile could be a trip hazard. In your installs did you come across this situation with the carpet elevated and tile recessed?
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you will need to make a transition where the dri-core is.
i always wanted to find something where full sheets could be used, i like the idea of the drain tile.
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I used Dri-Core on a basement and it was really easy to work with. It floats and it is pretty forgiving in that each piece doesn't have to be perfectly level when installed. Mix of carpet and vinyl flooring.
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I used Dri-Core on a basement and it was really easy to work with. It floats and it is pretty forgiving in that each piece doesn't have to be perfectly level when installed. Mix of carpet and vinyl flooring.
It really is a great product, especially for damp basements.
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I was going to have the tile installed directly on the concrete, but carpet pad and then depending on the pile of carpet they get, where the carpet meets the tile could be a trip hazard. In your installs did you come across this situation with the carpet elevated and tile recessed?
Looks like you need to raise the area where the tile goes, easy and cheap way doing is putting mud bed (min 1 1/2" thick). Check "what is mud?" sticky on ceramic tile section.
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One issue I possibly see is areas that get tile and areas that get carpet. I would not install the Dri core where the tile would be such as wet bar, bathroom, wine cellar, and in front of the 2 basement doors. With Dri core raising the carpet level, and carpet and pad on top of it, it would create a trip hazard where these surfaces meet. Also, from the finished to unfinished, but a threshold could be installed there.

For those of you who have used it, it is essentially a floating floor is it not?


Yes. No mechanical fasteners required.

As far as level, that is not true, wonder where someone got that.

It is $1.50 at local Lowes and at HD, so there goes that $6st charge.

Lot of inaccurate information guys.

By the way it comes in 2'squares and needs to be banged together like any subfloor.
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You are not supposed to install tiles over DriCore,only carpet, vinyl,floating laminate/hardwood.
Used since it came to market in late 90's,did HGTV segment for them once, great product.
Not true if you read their directions they will explain how.
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When laying tile over this product why not just use an uncoupling product like schluters ditra... That should take care of cracking... No?
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I'm glad to here the stuff is foregiving. The spec's call for installing a full row then leveling as needed. I had visions of do this and the pieces not locking together unless it was level.
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When laying tile over this product why not just use an uncoupling product like schluters ditra... That should take care of cracking... No?
The only way I see this happening is to install a cap layer of plywood over all the littles pieces to bond them together. Then self leveling cement, then ditra can handle expansion.

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