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wease 09-15-2008 07:04 AM

Subfloor dips...leveler?
Hi all,

I'm putting new flooring in the whole house. There is a 5 foot by 5 foot area where the floor dips by as much as 3/8". This dip is in a doorway area where a transition from hardwood floor to carpet will be. Is there a leveler I can pour into here that will work for both?

bjbatlanta 09-15-2008 04:10 PM

Sounds like you may have structural issues. Are you on a basement or crawl space where you can see what the problem is? You may have some broken floor joists which can be jacked up and repaired to level your floor. My mother-in-law had a similar situation which I fixed (jacked up and doubled the joists) prior to installing laminate. Not fun doing in a 3' crawl space, but was the proper way to do it. Leveling compound is only a "band-aid" repair if you have bad joists. You may continue to have problems after you put in the new flooring.

wease 09-16-2008 07:15 AM

This is an area where a shower stall used to exist. Joists looked fine and there is really no settling in the basement area underneath. Looks good, just dips in this area. Very solid area. Just need to level it because of the doorway area.

bjbatlanta 09-16-2008 09:51 AM

In that case, it sounds like leveling compound would be the fix. Since this is not my area of expertise, I will defer to someone else to suggest the correct type. Good luck.

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