PLEASE EXPLAIN
Heated driveway?

Commercial snow melting. (E.g. TOYOTA + ELEKTRA).

HYPOCAUST. Made in GREECE and ROME

ONDOL - The Korean invention

American Legend: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

From STONE COLD to NICE WARM floors in just 2 hours?

New Kitchen Project. (Part 1)

New Kitchen Project. (Part 2)

Radiant heating in one day?

From cold slab floor to comfort and beauty.

How to connect UCCG-9991 programmable thermostat for radiant floor heating?

How to connect MTC-2991 manual thermostat for radiant floor heating?

How to choose the in-floor radiant heat ELEKTRA mat?

Many components of the Great Real Estate. (Part 1).

Many components of the Great Real Estate. (Part 2).

How to connect more than 1 mat?

The problem on the roof

Installing radiant floor heating in just one afternoon.

Cathedral ceilings effect & Medieval Hypocaustum (floor heating)

STEP-BY-STEP INSTALLATION




Large Coverage.



"To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will take the longest and cost the most."

Murphy's Technology Law #27.


As the peculiar saying about Murphy's Laws goes: "beware; Murphy never sleeps".

 

Careful deliberation and detailed planning are often necessary before you decide to undertake any home-improvement project or simply to avoid troubles.
However, the decision to install new flooring is usually an easy one: the old floor is either so badly worn or outdated that it simply must be replaced.
Sometimes even though surface is still "almost OK" the underflooring is inadequate, broken in places of heavy traffic and with cracks showing on the surface. This not only goes against the easthetics but can create a tripping hazard. (Remember Murphy??)

 

You then must decide on what type of floor to install. The basic choices are:
- carpet,
- resilient vinyl (sheet or tiles),
- hardwood,
- engineered "wood-like" type such us Pergo or similar
- ceramic tile.

Above must be compared against the things like the project preliminary budget as well as to allowable height (thickness) of the new floor.   
 
The type of flooring chosen often depends on the room and its designation. A basement converted into recreational room most likely will not get the wood. A bedroom, for example, is usually redone with carpet or hardwood. Kitchen floors are often covered with vinyl or ceramic tile. Bathroom - most likely not parquet but ceramic tiles.

For our particular installation the decision was complicated by the fact that the new flooring had to cover four distinct, but connected living areas:
- a foyer, hallway, breakfast nook and the large kitchen.

 

We chose to install glazed ceramic tile.

When compared with other flooring materials - the choice of colors and styles was like 100 times better than any other types of flooring and prices were practically the best.
For this particular application the carpet was out of the question. Because of questions in regards to carpets synthetic materials of sometimes questionable origins, glues, dyes and microfiber particles floating in the air recently we did not wanted anything to do with carpets.

 

The carpets are simply out. Stone, wood and ceramics are in.
   
The tile selected were high performance large 18x18-in. tile.
Originally engineered for commercial applications such as shopping malls and hotel lobbies it had a distinct Southern style and was an ideal choice for this home's high-traffic areas. Its super durable matte-glaze surface is slip, stain and scratch-resistant. We had to decide between two styles, one resembling

granite and the other veined marble. The choice here was the darker sand-colored granite like surface called Andean Light Shade. It costs about $6.50 per sq. ft.

 

 

At this stage the decision was made to have approx. 65% of the floor heated with Elektra radiant heating fiberglass dual side powered 120V mats. Out of 2 types available 9 Watts/sq.ft. was chosen since the whole area was more than 200 sq.ft. - 65% of coverage will most likely produce adequate effect.

 


Matching line-voltage thermostat chosen was Denmark made Elektra UCCG model with 10 ft. long floor temperature sensor.

 

NEXT - Laying Floor Tiles

 


 

WHEN INSTALLING THE MAT(S):

 

  • DON'T CUT THE HEATING WIRE!
  • ONLY THE FIBERGLASS MESH CAN BE CUT, NEVER THE HEATING COIL!

 

 

MAINTAIN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN HEATING COILS! 

This is NOT OK:

 

1" IS THE ABSOLUTE MININUM. 2"-3" IS BEST.

 


Please remember: Electricity can be deadly and wiring done incorrectly can kill and start deadly and destructive fires even when "just replacing one small receptacle". 

 

YOU ARE DEALING WITH LINE VOLTAGE, not low voltage! 

 

NEVER EVER attempt to work or even touch the inside of the electrical components without being 100% sure that the power is disconnected!

 

If you are not an electrcian and if you have the slightest doubt about your wiring ability, please contact a licensed electrician and/or repairman before doing any diagnosis, repairs or installations. The products shown here are deemed SAFE and sound by various testing authorities but the wiring process can only be SAFE when done with safety precautions. Please read manuals and/or ask pros when not sure. Most of the simple installations shown here can be done by yourself or you can have someone qualified do it for you and THEN have the electrician check it and connect it to power.  

 


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