Hi people, I need some advice please.
I'm ripping out and installing some new exterior doors (w/casings,
brick molding, etc.) at some apartments that are probably 30 years
old, or older! There are 5, two-story buildings with 4 apartments in
each building. Whoever built these apartments were idiots! They used
interior doors instead of exterior doors, so all the Luann is peeling
off. Nothing they did seems square, and the framing stinks too!
My problem is this: on the back side of the buildings there is a deck,
and they built (attached) a storage area that is probably 14' long x
4' or 5' wide. The adjacent apartment has the same thing, so it's all
one building. This is where the doors are going.
It looks like the foundation is sinking into the ground! On a couple
of the apartments, the roof on the attached storage area is actually
starting to come apart from the side of the main building. I have
already tore one apart and repaired it. I put in some new blocking
and lag bolts to give it more support. Well, because the foundation
is slowly sinking, the slab is sloping too. I installed a door
yesterday, it's level, and it works perfectly! But, because the slab
is sloping, the door, even though it's level top and sides...looks
crooked. I cut a big shim out of a 2x4 and slid it up under one side
to make the door look more level with the lap siding, but when I did
that, the door rubs and I can't close it. I have to have it sitting
on the slab if it's going to open and close correctly.
Does anyone have an idea of how I can resolve this problem without
using a floor leveler?
Thanks for your suggestions.