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Old 04-04-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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Okay, I live in a Jell-o house. It's about 5,000 sq. feet, two-story, and built on a crawlspace. It wiggles. Not a lot, but it waves once in a while. The two recent earthquakes haven't helped much!

We have tile and carpet. I typically regrout tiles 2-3 times a year. I also do a lot of crack repairs, but that's a whole different story! I've noticed the tile is attached directly to the subfloor (no backer board).

It's been about four years since I last looked for a flooring option and figured I'd look again. The rooms 'flow' into each other so the kitchen is attached to the living room, is attached to the dining room, is attached to the laundry... you see the problem! It's also a 'snooty' house (it's choice, not mine!). Would like to keep with high-end looking floors.

We've also finished adding more piers and some more stability underneath. It still wiggles a bit!

Anyone have any ideas or products they might recommend?

Would putting down a backer board help?

Thank you so much for your advice!

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Backerboard will not help. The house sounds like a tile nightmare and would likely require alot of work for a lasting tile floor.

I would look into adura luxury tile, it can look very sharp when done properly.

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I think I'd go with cork flooring. That way when you fall down during the next quake, it won't be as painful. Po)
I agree with MCTF about it being a tiling nightmare, but I think you already found that out.

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I realize this is not helpful, but they have earthquakes in OK?
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Oklahoma doesn't do earthquakes nearly as well as we do tornadoes! What we have is more like tremors: http://www.okgeosurvey1.gov/pages/ea...arthquakes.php

We have had some 4s (two we felt) within the last 3 months. They're more like pulses and really odd!

I like the added benefit of the cork, bounce factor!
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Wow, that Mannington Audra has some really pretty options!

Now my next challenge, getting someone to come out here (we're about 30 minutes from Tulsa) to do the work!

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