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kapry13 08-27-2013 05:58 PM

Sagging floor in brownstone apt building
 
Hi, my daughter is purchasing an apt in Brooklyn NY. Which has a significant sag in the floor. It was found that the building had a problem but it has been resolved. The sag is about 8" off level on the interior wall side where the entry door is. Any suggestions for repair. Apt is 12 wide by 48

joecaption 08-27-2013 06:08 PM

That far off something some thing major would have had to happen.
No way would I even make an offer on it until I had a real engineer look it over.
Some ting like that can get real expensive quick.

Jim McClain 09-01-2013 08:38 PM

If the sale is done and the underlying problem has been solved, then I would be looking at tearing up all the flooring down to the joist system. I might sister new joists in place to bring the floor back to as level as possible. This would also allow the opportunity to correct or address any plumbing, electrical, HVAC issues in the floor, add the best sound proofing insulation and install a good subfloor that will additionally strengthen the floor. At that point, you could install just about any kind of flooring with very little worry.

I agree that a structural engineer could be very helpful in recommending and planning the necessary modifications.

Jim

joecaption 09-01-2013 08:46 PM

All good suggestions by Jim but all very expensive and near impossible to live in the house while it's all going on.
To figure out pricing in NY I would figure out what it would cost to do it here and multiply by 4. Then figure on months to get through all the red tape and have to deal with the unions.

Jim McClain 09-01-2013 09:17 PM

Cost and convenience are subjective. The OP didn't preface their post with income/ability/scheduling constraints. I just tried to provide good information and not inject my fears and expectations (or lack thereof) into the mix.

Jim

kapry13 09-03-2013 07:45 AM

Sagging floor
 
Hi, thanks for the advice, although I am concerned about the floor, it will not be a fatal issue killing the sale. That is not my decision. It seems like the sagging floor is very common to these buildings and we have asked for information about the resolution. I think we will have to decide how best to proceed as I sacred with both of you that it can be expensive and also how to repair. May just leave it alone in the final analysis, although that goes against my grain. Thanks again


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