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67drake
Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?

Hi,
I hope this is the correct area to list this issue.
I'm looking to buy an old wood framed foursquare,built around 1910. I've been through it a few times now,and the price is right. It is a foreclosed property,so of coarse it is sold "as is",so I need to do my homework here.
I've lived in older homes my whole life so I know uneven floors are common. This house has me puzzled though. The main beam in the basement (I believe an 8x8")sags in the center,but not too bad. I'd guess about 3" drop from sill to center of beam. Now if I go to the center of the house on the 1st floor all the floors slant away from the middle of the house (where the chimney is). On the second floor,in the middle of the house, the floors slant even more than the 1st floor. On top of this the baseboard trim and door jambs on the 1st floor are pulled away from the wood floors in the center of the house.
So beam in basement sags in the middle of the house,floors are HIGH in the middle of the house,trim/jambs even higher yet.
How can this be? Can it be fixed? Does it NEED to be fixed? I could live with it if it is stable,but I don't want to invest in a house with issues that are a red flag and will get worse.
Thanks for any help.

I tried to post pics,but my post count is too low. I can E-mail them if needed I guess.

johnjh2o
Re: Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?

I would be checking the sills very closely. Any sages in the center beam can be easily corrected. Rotted sills takes a whole lot more to repair.

John

keith3267
Re: Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?

The way you describe this, the chimney doesn't go all the way to the basement. Are you saying the base of the chimney sits on the first floor?

67drake
Re: Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?

The chimney goes all the way to the basement. Sorry I guess that is confusing the way I wrote it,I just meant the area around the chimney is where the pitched floors and trim are.

keith3267
Re: Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?

Where is this beam in relation to the chimney? Are the basement walls vertical, I mean perfectly vertical?

67drake
Re: Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?
keith3267 wrote:

Where is this beam in relation to the chimney? Are the basement walls vertical, I mean perfectly vertical?

The beam actually runs right next to the chimney. The walls LOOK vertical,but it's not like I had a level with me anyway. I'm not sure what the walls are made out of. They are brick shaped stone,but about twice as large,and roughly cut. I'd have to put a long strait board against the wall and take a level to the board I guess.

67drake
Re: Uneven floors and baseboards-foundation or sill issues?

If I get my post

67drake
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count up to 10

67drake
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I'll post some

67drake
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pictures of

67drake
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the walls and

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