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RE: heated floors

This is so cool. I mean, warm. I had no idea they had this kind of
system you could install yourself...and I've been thinking I want new
flooring in our master bathroom. Very interesting. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 2:47 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] heated floors

Sounds good Donna.  The room is about 14 x 20 and a couple of stairs -
I'd want those stairs heated too.  I know the cats would appreciate the
room having that extra warmth on the floor.  I like the idea of having a
thermostat for it.  And no, it would not be the primary heat source,
just something extra.  I'm thinking your mom's installation looked
something like

It is amazing what you can find on the internet.  But I asked y'all
first because I like to hear about first-hand experiences.  But then I
looked around and found good info.  I also found that water filled coils
are not something I would be using; it will be electric.

Donna, re the dif btween ceramic and porcelain - I appreciate that info,
thanks.  In the bathroom I don't worry about chipping but in the FamRm,
since it's so high traffic, I might go the extra expense of porcelain if
it's within reason.  I'm thinking I might be able to afford to redo this
room next year since my car is finally paid off.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] heated floors

> You can do this Kitty!
> Last fall my mother had an addition put on.  Sort of
> like a FR with mostly windows etc....One of the workers suggested this
> underfloor heating mats.
> If you head over to Menards, (as I would imagine
> any DIY store would have it), they are just wire panels you lay on the
> concrete which snap together to make any size you need.  Although they
> not
> 'real' expensive, depending on the size of the room, it adds up!
> Now they
> did use some filler if you will, so the floor would be even as these
> it
> to be raised maybe a 1/4 inch. Mortar comes to mind as I recall
walking in
> while they were doing it.
> Hers is connected to a thermostat, so she can
> control how warm the floor gets.
> This is not designed to heat the room, as
> she also has baseboard heaters for that....but no cold porcelain floor
> step
> on!
> I also learned while this was being built, that not everything is
> 'ceramic tile'..... ceramic only has the color on the top 1/8 (?) inch

> where
> porcelain goes thru the depth of the tile.... so when it gets chipped,
> doesn't show.... something to think about as the cost difference of
> two is
> minimal.
> Donna
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Kitty
> <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006
> 12:47:49 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] heated floors
> Jim, I suppose you can sit this
> one out ;+)
> I'm thinking about redoing my family room (FR) next year.  The FR
> is on a
> slab situated between the garage and Florida Room.  The rest of the
> house is
> on a crawl, a few steps up from the FR.  FR has a good quality
> berber carpet
> that looks like crap because it is a very high traffic area.  I
> also have my
> 5 tiered light stand in the FR and have spilled water and brown
> natural
> liquid fertilizer on the carpet as well as hot choc when I stepped on
> the
> cat.  I'm thinking tile.
> However, being on a slab, tile would really
> make that room cold.  A friend
> mentioned heated tile and I thought  it
> sounded like the tile might have
> electric wiring in them.  But today there
> was an article in the paper about
> warm water tubing under tile for heating.
> I've never seen heated tile
> advertised and I'm  wondering how expensive a
> project this would be.
> Do any of you have any heated-tile rooms?  Any
> thoughts to share?
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
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