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Old 10-31-2017, 12:07 PM   #1
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uneven floor

I was asked to remodel house. Approx. 4000sqft, 3 story in steep hill, stucco on exterior, built in 60's. The floor is uneven, extremely. I guess the house settled over time. Client just bought the house, he was aware of the issue and had it checked by 2 inspectors, both did not find any issue/problems with foundation.

My question - what's the proper way to fix it? Remove plywood and shim/sister existing joists? He is not sure if he can afford jacking/leveling of the whole house. Any other issues I should check/be aware of?
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I would consider crawling under and shimming up under the plates and then tightening the nuts on the anchor bolts. If some bolts are not long enough you can extend them (possibly). The permanent cure, though, entails calling a foundation company.

Or you can hire Davy. He did his own, I think.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:37 PM   #3
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Shim the plates, does it mean jack up the house?
Is it going to cause stucco to crack? I guess.....
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Shimming under your wall plates is certainly likely to crack some stucco, Michal, depending upon how much shimming you do.

I haven't yet figured out how shimming your wall plates is gonna do anything to correct the flatness of your floor.
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I am certainly not expert on it, what would you propose?
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Not enough information for me to propose anything, Michal. Don't have any idea how the house is constructed. Can't see much from over here even with my glasses on.

Second question would be why you want the floor flattened. Doesn't appear in your photos that there is any damage at all to the existing floors and you say two inspections have revealed no structural problems. Why does the customer want the floors flattened? Just aesthetic considerations?
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I am heading there, I will take few more pictures of foundation.

Part of remodel is new flooring, floating floor with wider planks. My floor guy said it's impossible to install such floor over subfloor in this condition. Also walking on floor is not comfortable..... and it doesn't look good....

So my question is fix the floor or fix the foundation?
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So my question is fix the floor or fix the foundation?
Again, Michal, just not enough information yet to make an informed recommendation.
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To tell the truth, I read the post and didn't look at the pictures. Still, it looks to me like some shimming might do the trick. Probably some piers under there, maybe.

But if the floor is to be re-done I might just cut a discovery hole through the subfloor. I think that one way or another the flatness should be improved before installing the new flooring.
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We'll start demo of existing flooring this week, I will post more pics after. Thank you.
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