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Brian Sly
Unlevel floor

I have a tri-level house that was built in the mid 40's. The problem is the main floor is extremly uneven and wavy. I've looked at the floor joist (2 x 8's), via the basement, and have found them to be notched and toe-nailed into the main beams that run the length of the house. Only the joist's are splitting at the 90 degree spot of the notch causing the floor to sag on either side of the beam. Has anyone dealt with this problem? I guess I'm looking for the fix that will keep me from having to deal with a lengthly and costly major overhaul. Any comments will be welcomed. My old house is in need of many repairs but I feel that I shouldnt tackle any of them until this floor problem is taken care of.

Thanks,

SLY

ma2804
Re: Unlevel floor

There are people out there who specialize in leveling floors of homes. You might want to talk with one or two of them and see what they'd suggest. You don't have to use them to do the work but talking might be worth the effort.

Good Luck.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Unlevel floor

2 X 8s sounds rather small unless it is a very small house and then to have them notched makes it even worse. The fact that they are splitting at the notch shows woefully inadequate support. Yes you should have this addressed, in fact a complete inspection would be justified.
Jack

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