Check out our first One Project Closer video! We decided on this topic for our first video because I couldn’t find good information on this when we were considering a self leveling underlayment for our basement.
After watching this short video, you might be interested in the larger article on How to Use Self Leveling Underlayment. The reality is that getting the right consistency from an SLU is pretty easy if you follow the instructions with the product you select.
We hope the video is helpful to folks thinking about using an self leveling product in their projects.
Tools Required for Mixing Self Leveling Underlayment
The most important part of getting the right consistency in the SLU is having a good mixing paddle and a reasonably powerful electric drill. We do not recommend using a battery powered drill/driver unless you have a newer lithium ion system. Even in this case, if you’re pouring a large area and will be mixing one batch immediately after another, you should consider an electric model.
The 24″ mixing paddle shown in the video can be found at Home Depot in the drywall section (labeled as a drywall compound mixing paddle). You should not use light duty paint mixing blades or they will gum-up during mixing. With SLU running as high as $30/bag, its not worth risking.
If you don’t own an electric drill and don’t have access to borrow one, this is a good opportunity to pick up one for all your future projects. Electric drills are essential in applications that require repeated, high-intensity drilling, like drilling through studs to run Romex wires throughout a room.
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