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12:36PM | 01/18/02
Member Since: 10/12/01
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We are preparing our subfloor for the installation of hardwood. Our subfloor is half inch regular plywood (put in 25 years ago). There are two joists running next to each other in the hallway that are higher than all the others. By the time we run a level in either direction to the walls, its as much as a half inch difference. My question has been to all the flooring contractors that gave us bids "how do we correct this problem". We got 4 different answers. There is definitely a distinct bow where these joists are sitting and would like some advice on the best way to fix the problem so that we end up with a reasonably even wood floor.


12:35AM | 01/19/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Chelsea,
I ran into this problem a number of times. I've called contractors to get their opinion and received estimates upwards of $ 2000.00. Simple fix. IF and I mean IF, the offending joists are stable and after all nails are removed, remove the plywood subfloor, use your level from the corresponding joints and determine where the level line on the offending joists should be. Do this at each end of the joist. Once the level line is determined, snap a chalk line at the point where the high points need to be removed. Either plane the areas or cut it off with a circular saw. The 1/2" discrepencey will not cause any problems with floor stability. Some will tell you that you will weaken the floor. BULLPUCKEY!!! After the subfloor is replaced,and the hardwood is installed properly you should experience no problems. I renovate homes for a living, and I can tell you from experience that contractors are in the business to make money. My rule of thumb is to get at least three estimates and thoroughly question each contractor pertaining to your problem. Some will outright lie to you. Most are reasonably honest. Examine the contractor's tools. If they are professional grade, well cared for and clean, you can expect a first rate job. If the tools came from the K-mart Kiddie Korner, are worn, dirty, or in disrepair, you can assume that you will receive a less than professional job. That individual assumably works for ShystersRus Renovations. The group of businessmen I deal with are collectively responsible and we police ourselves. I deal ONLY with those contractors whose work I've seen or whove done a professional job for me. We also use each other for consultation as a professional courtesy. So, after this long winded tutorial, I hope I've helped.
I'll send you my bill. LOL


04:05AM | 01/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
One more thought. If you do as Iceman suggests and are still concerned that the joists have been weakened, you could always sister some additional pieces to them.

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