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Old 05-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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Old Wood Floor Sinking--URGENT NEED!--


>Old ass house
>Single story
>Floor started sinking a year ago
>Floor sinking lengthwise with planks
>Approx. 1' * 6" sink pattern
>Tongue and groove planks
>No visible nails
>Appears to be on top of 1/4" green rubber padding
>Padding on top of concrete
>Low budget
>Novice
>What do?

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Old 05-24-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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>go back and add your location to your profile, just go to quick links to edit.
>Live in a sink hole prone area?
>Got a picture?
Without removing the flooring there's no way to see what's really going on under it.

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Looks like somebody laid particle board over a slab--the moisture dissolved the particle board.

Scrape off the particle board and see what shape the slab is in.

I suspect that the particle board is (was) bridging a hole--maybe an old cistern or well pump hole---
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:08 PM   #5
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K, thanks. Doing it now.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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Building 101 unpressure treated wood should never come in contact with concrete.
Guess someone slept through that class.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:13 PM   #8
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I saw a tiled basement floor that was set over particle board--after a flood.
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oh'mike, the slab looks fine. It looks like it may have lead from the sink.

joecaption, what should we lay down? The cheapest solution would be the best solution, right now.

We're going to rent some tools, and buy some lumber tomorrow. What are we going to need? Should we go to Home Depot, Menards, or ACE (this one seems to have a lot of rental stuff)? We're in Crete, Il.
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Not sure why you would need to rent anything at this point.
All that poop needs to be removed and the slab treated for mold.
I hope your wearing a mask and a Tyvek sute that get thrown away every day.
A bare slab in good shape could have tile over it, with a vaper barrier it can have engineered floor laid as a floating floor, linolium.
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What kind of flooring are you hoping to use?

Can you set the flooring directly on the slab, or do you need the height?

Was there any wood furring strips or was the particle board laid right on the slab?
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Mike it looks like plywood not partical board, see the grain?
Still never should have been done like that.
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joecaption, I assumed I'd need a sawzall for cutting the wood I need to lay down. We don't have any suits, just paper masks and eyepro. We'll buy more masks tomorrow. We're not gonna pay for tile. The tongue and groove should still be okay, right?

oh'mike, we're hoping to use the same tongue and groove that we removed. We need it to raise 1.5", or it wont fit with the rest of the floor in the house. No wood furring strips either, and I do think it's plywood.

Keep in mind guys, I have no clue what I'm doing. I'm a machinist and a welder, so metals is my thing. I need to keep this on a tight ass budget. The most we can't afford is $1k.
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We've got the kitchen sealed off, and the windows open. If you guys can post any more advice, suggestions, or links to tutorials that'd be awesome. I'll see you in the morning.
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As you know--that method of raising the floor is a poor choice---
However---if you will be duplicating what was there,--
you will start with a thick plastic vapor barrier over the clean slab-

Then wood sleepers--1x4" possibly spaced 16" apart---gun those to the slab using a 22 caliber stud gun(they are inexpensive)

Then add your layer of 3/4" tongue and groove exterior glue plywood.

Bear in mind that any water under that will rot it again.

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