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nylicens
Fixing attic flooring which has settled over the years
nylicens

I have an 1890 house and the attic floor has settled by about and inch and a half since it was built. However, the main chimney has not settled (or has risen by 1.5"?!?). The contractor put 2x6's around the chimney bricks and nailed the T&G to them. I removed the chimney a few years ago, and was left with a pronounced hump in floor around the where the chimney is located, since I did not remove the chimney further a brick lower than the attic floor. I assume I could take up the T&G and remove 3/4" from the 2x6's (6" side) that surround the chimney and renail the T&G back to mitigate the hump in the attic floor. The 2x6's that surround the brick are higher than the floor joists by about 3/4". Mainly worried that using a sawzall on the 2x6 around the chimney will mess with the lath and horsehair plaster that is attached to the bottom of the chimney surround. Anything else I might be missing? Comments?

Jack
Re: Fixing attic flooring which has settled over the years
Jack

Pictures would be helpful.

Jack

nylicens
Re: Fixing attic flooring which has settled over the years
nylicens

Here they are. You can see the 5/8 gap to the attic floor rafter from the 2x6 resting on the brickwork. The rear of the chimney did settle a bit more that the near side, as the 2x6 as over the chimney is dead level and needed the spacer seen at the rear. 

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