How the unused basement with the cement slab floor was converted into kids playroom with heated floors.
300 sq.ft. of the basement cement slab
Purpose of the room: kid's playroom.
ELEKTRA electric radiant heating chosen for:
Ease of installation.
Safety. Nothing but the thermostat high on the wall is
Relatively low cost.
DIY (except for the final check & 30 min. hookup
completed by the electrician).
Turnaround installation time.
No need for the maintenance.
Reliability: 20-30 years of maintenance free service
Two ELEKTRA MG100/12.0/240V mats. Each to cover 133
240V was chosen to have lower Amps setup. Each to pull 5.2
Controlled by: ELEKTRA OJ MICROLINE UCCG-9991-EA line
voltage GFCI programmable thermostat with the floor temp.
First, "Backerboards" were attached to the slab with
construction adhesive and the nail gun. This is to help insulate from the cold
slab and to save energy as well as allowing stapling the heating mats
instead of using the hot glue gun if the mats were installed directly
on the slab.
"Backerboard" attached with
nails and construction adhesive to the original cement slab with the
radiant heating mat on the top:
82.5F in 15 minutes!
INSTALLING THE MAT(S):
CUT THE HEATING WIRE!
THE FIBERGLASS MESH CAN BE CUT, NEVER THE HEATING COIL!
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN HEATING COILS!
is NOT OK:
IS THE ABSOLUTE MININUM. 2"-3" IS BEST.
remember: Electricity can be deadly and wiring done incorrectly can kill and
start deadly and destructive fires even when "just replacing one small
ARE DEALING WITH LINE VOLTAGE, not low voltage!
EVER attempt to work or even touch the inside of the electrical components
without being 100% sure that the power is
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
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