Dricore or similar

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
3/6/2012 at 5:36:53 PM

I have noticed a lot of people using Dricore lately. It is fairly expensive here ($8-9 ea) and I was wondering how I would go about installing it. If I am going to spend that money, I want to do it right.

I have a floor drain in my basement and the floor obviously slopes towards the drain. When installing the Dricore, should it form to the concrete? Do I have to level off the concrete before-hand? As well, do I have to provide a drain cover where the drain is, or can I just cover it up?

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Date/Time3/6/2012 at 8:38:13 PM

Dricore is just layed on the floor with the tongue and grooves interlocked. It will follow any contour of the floor. Leveling the concrete floor is not a good idea, you need the slope in case any water ever gets in. It can be layed right over the drain, however I would cut a 1 foot square patch over the drain, just in case you ever need access to it in the future. Don't forget to measure where it is, so you can find it.

A cheaper option is to use drainage board, they use it for foundation waterproofing. It comes in large rolls that you lay on the floor. Put full 4'x8' tongue and groove plywood on top and screw it directly to the concrete. If you want a warm basement place 1" foam insulation between the drainage board and the plywood.

Hope this helps.

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