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jpmccr

06:53AM | 04/03/05
Member Since: 04/02/05
2 lifetime posts
Ok, here's the deal. My wife and I have a 2-bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse. The bathroom is situated between the bedrooms upstairs. The washer and dryer are upstairs as well and share the bathroom wall on the hallway side. We want to update the bathroom but the floor is "sagging". The bathroom door to the master bedroom has settled to the point I had to use a sander and "adjust" the top of the door so it would close properly (over 1/4"). The master bedroom door has settled a little but not as much. I think that after 18+ years of the washer vibrating on the upstairs floor joists, the floor has settled quite a bit. The ceiling above our downstairs dinng table has a small crack in it where the drywall has split but it's not that noticable. What is the best way to fix this? From underneath and jack it up?? I am moderatley handy around the house. I can fix most things but I know my limitations. I have done some drywall work and basic carpentary. Is this over my head? Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

JP

bravey

12:18PM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
161 lifetime posts
If your door needed more than 1/4" sanded removed before it would close, then the floor has sagged nearly 1/8" per foot which is a lot assuming the door was level after installation. Vibrating washers don't make beams sag. Sagging is usually caused by underdesigned floor joists, damaged wood joists, or loading beyond normal floor capacities.

Under-designed floor joists can be shored with a midspan wall or suplemented with added joists. Either way would usually require an experienced contractor to determine exactly what to do. Also check the level of the first floor. A foundation problem can be the cause of upstairs problems.

Damaged joists must be repaired or replaced and the cause of the damage removed. Water leakage is a common cause. Check the walls and ceiling for watermarks or mildew. Slow plumbing leaks can cause a lot of damage before they are visible outside the drywall.

Excessive loading can be solved by removing the load. I have seen customers locate king size waterbeds (2,000 lbs. +-) on wood frame floors and then wonder why the floor sags.

The best solution is to have a contractor or engineer determine the cause and offer a solution to the sagging. You can then decide to have it fixed or do it yourself. There are too many variable to get a reliable answer over the net.

Regards

jpmccr

03:23AM | 04/05/05
Member Since: 04/02/05
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info. I went back after I posted my message and found out that the door wasn't off as mush asa I thought. I am always over estimating the distances. That is why I always measure twice before doing anything. It looks like more like an 1/8" than 1/4". How I could make such a mistake I don't know. Anyway I have noticed that around the light above our downstairs dining table now has a damp spot that wasn't there when we moved in. I think that there is a slight leak up there that is just showing its ugly head now as well as the washing machine vibrations.

JP


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