50 year old house needs help so do I
The house we currently live in is about 50 years old built around 1954. The floors all have small holes or rotted areas mainly in the bathroom on the edge of tub and in the Kitchen. There is no concrete slab and the crawl space is not big enough to get into and under the house. From what we can see above under the carpet appears to be 2x8's, that run parrellel to each other. There is no other sub flooring between that and the carpet. We plan on replacing the carpets in 3 rooms. The same flooring is found in all the rooms in the house. We get ants that come up from under the carpet so this tells me there are small crevices between the boards and heat is going out this way also. And the floors do not appear to be level mainly in the kithcen, fridge and oven need to be proped up on sides with small boards. Question: Is it feasible to replace the rotted spots and cover with plywood before laying new carpet. And how do you go about leveling the floors. Just found out that the walls are not insulated either. Any help appreciated.
i would replace all 2x8's that need it. then i would staple tar paper (or house wrap)to cover the entire floor to insulate/keep the ants out. then procced with the plywood. as for leveling it, if you cant get under the crawl space to jack it up, then the next step would be to remove all the 2x8's where the floor is unlevel so you can get underneath it to jack it up level and nail in re-enforcement boards to keep it level. good luck, hope this helps.