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Old 04-03-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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Help -- we are rehabbing our recently purchased house. It was foreclosed and in pretty bad shape. The bathroom floor had a badly deteriorated hardwood floor, with wide [12'] planks underneath. It is also not level, -- sinks about an inch from one end of the 8' floor to the other. We have taken out the hardwood, and need to figure out the next step. What width plywood would we lay down?What is the best way to correct this kind of slope? We want something that could ultimately support ceramic tile, and that is more level. it'd be useful to find detailed instructions on how to fix this floor -- Home Depot's flooring book doesn't even have instructions on how to lay a subfloor, but we'll settle for some answers to these questions.

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Help -- we are rehabbing our recently purchased house. It was foreclosed and in pretty bad shape. The bathroom floor had a badly deteriorated hardwood floor, with wide [12'] planks underneath. It is also not level, -- sinks about an inch from one end of the 8' floor to the other. We have taken out the hardwood, and need to figure out the next step. What width plywood would we lay down?What is the best way to correct this kind of slope? We want something that could ultimately support ceramic tile, and that is more level. it'd be useful to find detailed instructions on how to fix this floor -- Home Depot's flooring book doesn't even have instructions on how to lay a subfloor, but we'll settle for some answers to these questions.
First you need to find out why the floor is so sloped. You don't want a cosmetic adjustment for a structural deficiency.
How old is the house?
How large are the floor joists?
How far apart?
Does the sloping issue extend out of the bath area?
Taking pictures would help.
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The house was built in 1905. The floor joists are 2" by 8", 12 inches apart and each has been reinforced so there are double joists. My 21 year old son is doing this, and really seems to have a good understanding of structural things and believes there is no serious structural problem remaining. It appears that there was some sinking in the stairwell, but we believe that it has been fixed. [The inspectors seem to think this is true]. The other upstairs rooms don't appear to slope much. The person who we believe did the prior work was a contractor so we are hoping it was done right. I'll try to figure out the picture thing. Thanks for your response.
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