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Mastercarpentry wrote:

I just repaired a bathroom floor; on the surface the floor was soft from water damage. Underneath I could see a section had already been 'repaired' by blocking between joists and scabbing beside them for a small piece of subflooring. Didn't do a lot of good attaching new framing to rotting joists but they did it and it lasted a few years I guess. I did a proper repair and now that floor will last another 50+ years instead of a few. During the demo I counted 5 layers of flooring material (the top one tile done over that poor patchwork) and 3 layers of added substrate on top of the original finished hardwood flooring. Seems that everyone who had ever been there before me patched instead of fixed. You have to fix problems at their source to do things the right way. It costs more but it doesn't come back to haunt you later.

I'll bet the sum total cost of all the patches was more than fixing the original problem at the very beginning would have cost, and certainly less than the cost of all those patches plus your cost of tearing them out and fixing it all again.

Bottom line is it's almost always cheaper to do a proper repair the first time, rather than trying to band-aid over it several times until you can't band-aid any more.

Anyone who doesn't level out a sagging floor before remodeling sabotages all future remodeling efforts.

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I have already accepted that one of the bathrooms will need some work (new tile floor at least) after I correct the sagging issue. Lucky for me the side of the house that has the kitchen on the first floor and the full bath on the 2nd floor is in good structural shape (double 2X12s that span only about 10 feet). anyway the work will start soon just waiting for my plumber to get back to me so we can locate the sewer line under the basement floor.;)

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The filled block should be fine- even unfilled block has more strength than this needs but with so little to do I'd fill it anyway. There may be some codes to comply with here so check on that. Glad that you're doing the right thing with the sag, just sorry that it landed on you to do it. At least it will never be an issue again!

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Today we started the major part of the demo work that we need to do and found more interesting things, the slab is only about 1' thick with two layers of tile and no steel reinforcement so this will be easy to remove, also found some electrical issues that my electrician will correct later this week. My plumber will be relocating several of the overhead water and heat lines and also correcting some sub par work done during the last renovation of the home. check out the video. I will have part two of it up soon.

Part two:

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Making progress, the first thing that will happen is correcting the structural issues. The whole you see will be the location of the new column that will support the replacement built in place beam. The column will be constructed using 8"x8"x16" cement blocks reinforced with steel and resting on a footer that will be 2'x2' and reinforced with steel. The beam will be built from 3, 2x12s glued and bolted.

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Just watched your videos on Youtube. Boy you have been putting in some work!


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