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valerieanh2000 03-21-2010 10:40 AM

Concrete against drywall
 
I am trying to raise the floor in my living room to be the same height as the dining room by pouring concrete. I heard that you should not pour concrete against drywall. Any suggestions on how this can be done.

thanks

rusty baker 03-21-2010 11:46 AM

Need a lot more info. What is the current floor? How thick are you pouring concrete?

valerieanh2000 03-22-2010 12:43 PM

The existing floor is concrete need to add another 4 inches of concrete to the subfloor to make it level with the rest of the house.

Scuba_Dave 03-22-2010 01:33 PM

Where are you located ?
Why concrete instead of a framed insulated floor ?

valerieanh2000 03-22-2010 03:59 PM

I am in California

I chose concrete instead of a framed insulated floor because people have told me that 2x4 or 4x6 frame is housing for pests and rats. Is that true?

Scuba_Dave 03-22-2010 05:55 PM

Do you have holes in your house that let such animals in ?
Its only a problem if its a dirt floor underneath or not fully enclosed

valerieanh2000 03-23-2010 04:14 PM

No, the existing floor is concrete. Should I use some kind of metal border around the drywall to prevent any future pests problems?

Bud Cline 03-23-2010 04:25 PM

Are you sure this is a good idea?

Who is advising you on this?

How big is this room? Is it just one room? What about adjacent rooms?

What the heck are you talking about?:)

valerieanh2000 03-23-2010 05:05 PM

My living room (12x14) is four inches lower than the rest of my house. The adjacent room is the dining room. People have advised me to raise the subfloor (which is concrete) with concrete (but protect the drywall before pouring concrete) instead of with 2x4 or 4x6. They said the spaces between 2x4 will house pests and rodents. Concrete will cost be double to do. Any suggestions?

Bud Cline 03-23-2010 05:34 PM

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My living room (12x14) is four inches lower than the rest of my house.
OK, got that part. And this is a problem because..............?

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People have advised me to raise the subfloor (which is concrete) with concrete.....
What people?

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They said the spaces between 2x4 will house pests and rodents.
OK, but what about the spaces in your walls and attic now? They can't house creatures? How about you just hire an exterminator?

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Concrete will cost be double to do. Any suggestions?
You must have very deep pockets....or be a Congressman.

I'm thinkin' a wood structure is the way to go, it's done a lot and still the bugs haven't taken over the world.:)

Leah Frances 03-23-2010 08:18 PM

I have a 5 inch step from my LR and Foyer into the rest of the house. I found a small orange cone in a parking lot (finder's keeper's) and keep it on the step. Total cost = $0.


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