12:26PM | 06/18/02
Member Since: 06/17/02
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My husband & I are looking at a house built in 1922. The floors slant in certain area of the house (mostly the middle). Is this caused by the foundation settling? How do you fix something like that?


02:33PM | 06/18/02
Most times in older houses this is from undersized lumber in the floor joists or to long a span between piers under a girder. Back in 1922 there was very little in the way of building codes and/or inspections. The problem can be fixed several ways depending on if you have a crawl space or full basement. If you would like detailed information on the proper way to get rid of the sag in your floors and stabilize them from sagging again in the future, you can contact me through the “Expert Advice” section (under the construction heading) of this website and I will be happy to help you. I can also send you drawings with detailed step-by-step instructions if needed.

Glenn Good


04:59AM | 06/19/02
Member Since: 06/17/02
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Thanks for the quick response....just one more question. Is this a costly repair? We'd like to know before we sign on the dotted line.
(The house has a full basement.)


09:46AM | 06/21/02
It should not be very costly. The repairs can be done over the span of a few days.

Without more information about the existing conditions I cannot tell you much more than that. If you wish to get into this in detail and plan the repairs contact me through the “Expert Advice” section and I will tell you exactly what you need to do to repair it.

Glenn Good

[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited June 21, 2002).]


07:45AM | 07/08/02
I'm in the middle of rehabbing a 1920 farmhouse with much the same condition. The upstairs floor joists consist(ed) of two stacked 2x4s running across an 18' clear span. Needless to say, the upstairs floors really sag! I'm jacking the floors up, removing one or two joists at a time, and replacing them with engineered floor trusses.

The challenge will be in the center of the house where the stairwell is. One of the joists was cut in half to allow for a heating duct to be installed (years ago). Thankfully, this joist is supported by a wall, but the whole thing has sunk about 1-2", and I'm now looking at jacking from the (full) cellar to level this back up before trying to rebuild the split joist.

Most of this was not apparent when we bought the house (we've gutted the plaster & lath since we bought it), but it's all 'fixable.' (time and money is what I keep telling my wife!)

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