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Linco 10-01-2006 05:16 PM

Sloping Floor
 
I am in the process of closing on a house and during the home inspection the inspector noticed a slope in the kitchen floor. After further inspection it turns out that the kitchen is about 4 feet over the load-bearing wall in the basement. The inspector suggested installing a beam to help support the kitchen better. This seems like it would be pretty easy to install because the garage is right under the kitchen and it would be easy to access. I was wondering if this is something I could do myself or would it be better to hire a professional? What type of price range should I expect to pay for something like this? And once the beam is installed will this correct the slop in the kitchen floor or will it need to be corrected on the topside?

Double A 10-02-2006 01:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Linco (Post 19705)
I was wondering if this is something I could do myself or would it be better to hire a professional?

And once the beam is installed will this correct the slop in the kitchen floor or will it need to be corrected on the topside?

You answered your second question with your first, Linco. I would not attempt structural changes to a home without fully understanding the existing loads and the effects change will have on them. Its just not a DIY sorta thing. Hire a professional with a background in structural changes.


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