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andysmith

06:08AM | 01/16/06
Member Since: 01/15/06
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I recently bought an old semi-detached house in a sought after location. The house is about 70 to 90 years old. After moving in, I found some problems. The main things are:

1. I can feel the wood floor on the main and second floor are sagging to the middle

2. the stairs to the second floor are kind of uneven ( the side to the wall is a bit higher than the other side)

3. the bath room door frame and one closet door frame (they are parallel)on the second floor are out of square, one side is higher than the other

Some people told me those problems are typical for an old house. I am just wondering whether those are serious problems, and if I can make it under control ( I will keep monitoring). Is replacing the floor going to help?

Piffin

05:01PM | 01/22/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
There is no way to be certain from this distance, but what describe if quite common in older homes like this.

It is generally not terribly hard for a carpenter to fix. Generally, there isa lack of center support in the basement. Either the posts supporting the center beam have rotted off or settled, or they weere never there to begin with. It was also common for floor joists to be overspanned by carpenters building by the seat of their pants without adequate span tables and codes to guide them. IN SUCH A CASE WHEREE NO CENTER BEAM EXISTS, ONE CAN BE ADDED. jACKS CAN LIFT AND STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT TO SOME DEGREE.

Excellence is its own reward!


andysmith

05:57AM | 01/26/06
Member Since: 01/15/06
3 lifetime posts
thank you for your reply Piffin.

there is no center support post in the basement. the floor joists run about 16 to 17 feet wide between the shared wall and my wall. the basement is unfinished. i just found that after it rained, there are some moisture spots along where the basement floor and the outside wall joins. i guess i will find out how severe the leaking is when the spring comes. i called waterproofing guys to come in and look, they said it's ok if i don't fix it as long as i am not planning to finish the basement. if i want to fix, it has to be fixed from outside. i am still not sure whether the leak will contribute to the sagging in the future?

opinios will be appreciated. thanks


Piffin

02:57PM | 01/26/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
That keaking probably has nothing to do with the sagging floor. A center beam and jackposts will solve that

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