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07:13AM | 02/09/01
Member Since: 02/08/01
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I recently had ceramic tile installed on my bathroom floor. There was water damage so I had the installers replace the subfloor. There is still an area that is raised because of one floor joist (water damage). Isn't that something that the installer could have taken care of? I am having a disagreement with the installer because they did not discuss with me that the floor would still not be level. Can a floor joist be "shaved"? Do I need a carpenter to do that? A building permit?


08:43AM | 02/09/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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Ceramic tile is not usually installed directly on the subfloor. Did the installer put anything else between the subfloor and the tile? That material (sometimes concrete board) should allow the floor tile to be flat. If you were to adjust the level of the floor now, it will almost certainly cause the grout to crack. Sounds like the entire job will have to be done over - or left as is.
And no, you don't need a building permit to "shave" a joist level but I don't see how it could be done without taking up the tile and the subfloor, since that's the edge that needs to be leveled.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited February 09, 2001).]

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