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Old 09-21-2010, 04:46 PM   #16
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This is all extremely helpful, so first off, thank you. As you can tell, total novice here.

I'm still not sure I fully understand what you mean by "in your flooring". Are you suggesting the hardwood floor that was laid is the source of the issue... or are you speaking to issues with the subfloor (which is what I have been assuming is the issue). In my mind, I see this as an issue where very nice hardwood was laid over a very uneven subfloor layer -- and I have no clue what to expect/assume regarding the state of what is supporting the subfloor)

As for pursuing a fix (which is obviously out of my capabilities), any recommendations on where to begin the search for a quality contractor -- starting with someone to come see the issue first hand? Definitely the type of thing where I'd like the piece of mind to know it's been well corrected, digging down to root causes to the extent possible.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
You are welcome. Bud was actually kinda joking a little with you. He is for a fact an expert on this kind of thing, what he says you can take to the bank so I will leave you with him.

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Old 09-21-2010, 04:57 PM   #17
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Still lacking in information.

Exactly where are you? Have you told us that already? I'm too lazy to reread this.

Could be the subfloor but that's doubtfull. More than likely it's the flooring product and the installation.

Again...which type of wood flooring is it?
1. Full dimension 3/4", or
2. Engineered?

How thick is it?
I'll need to check. I believe there are some pieces that the were not laid out which the previous owners left behind.

Having grown up in an old (~150 years) house, I was always accustomed to some unevenness and definitely a lot of give and bounce to the floor -- which is perhaps another reason why these peaks and valleys seem odd to me -- the floor feels extremely solid underfoot at all points.
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Unfortunately no left over pieces of the flooring to inspect, but along one wall where the baseboard is easily removed, was able to confirm it's a 3/8" thickness mounted to what appears to be some plywood also of what I believe is 3/8" thickness. The space between the flooring as well as the plywood on which its mounted and the wall is about 1/4". As for what the plywood is sitting on, I can't really tell, aside to say there is another surface the runs right up to the wall, and there's evidence of some sticky-rubbery adhesive.
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OK, that is "engineered flooring". The stainable top surface is very thin, probably not more that 1/16" thick. The foundation is plywood. That type of flooring is (should be) very stable and not likely to heave or buckle.

What is under the flooring? Is it strip wood of some type?
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What is under the flooring? Is it strip wood of some type?
That, I do not know. In the 1/4" gap that I can currently looking into, there's no way (for me) to tell. What should it be?

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