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Old 05-19-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
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Fixing a soft spot in the floor

I am almost ready to tackle my laminate flooring project. I am somehwhat knowledgeable on the "How To's" of the project with two exceptions. I have a soft spot in my kitchen. THe leak had been fixed and the frame is solid.

1) What exactly do I need to do to remove the area and replace it? I do not want to replace my entire subfloor. Also, what tools will I need? THis soft spot is in front of my kitchen sink. Do I need to get under the sink as well?

2) I have an open floor plan but the previous owners put carpet in the living room and a vinyl flooring in the rest of the kitchen and hallway. I am ripping up the carpet, but, the existing subfloor is lower than the rest, therefore I need to install plywood to bring the entire space level to put my floating floor. My question here is, I will likely have a small space once I do place the ply wood because where the carpet is laid is not square. THey had it rounded off. Will I need to place some kind of self leveler to fill the gap? Or will it be alright with the padding?

I hope someone can help. I really do not want to pay someone to do a job I know I can do. THanks all!


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Old 05-19-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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If your joists are 16" OC cut short joists 14.5" long, use them as braces and fasten with long screws at an angle.
If the subfloor undersurface is uneven you'll need some kind of filler material or wedges.


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