My daughter & I are remodeling an old house. The floors are too uneven to
lay down a sub-floor to solve the problem. Can someone give me some guidance
in how to level the floors prior to laying the plywood?
Or maybe a website that explains the process of leveling an uneven floor. I
understand there may be a product available called floor leveler. When I ask
about it at the hardware store , I just get blank stares.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
go to the places that sell tile...
OR a bigger lumber yard... 2 kinds, 1 is concrete based, and the
other is not, and BOTH you trowel on.
if its further out than that, look into crawling underneath and
doing some serious jacking.
I did it about 3 years ago prior to putting down a Pergo floor in my office.
I used a levelling compound called Jet Set (I think). It basically looks
like dry cement which is mixed either with water or with a white liquid that
the construction guys call "milk" and poured out. It's supposed to be
self-leveling, but I rented a large float from the Borg and used that to
First, a few questions:
1. Is this a wood (framed) floor or is it a concrete slab?
2. If it's wood, do you have access to the underside?
3. How much $$ do you want to spend?
4. Will y'all be living there, or are you doing a 'quick fix' to sell
5. What kind of flooring are you putting in?
I think if you answer those, then you've got a real good post for
alt.home.repair. That's the first place to post a question of this
sort. If you get no love from the home repair guys, try it again
OK, let's define a few terms. In an old house we always aspire for
"level" but bottom line is "flat". How flat is flat enough depends the
finish product that goes on the floor. The manufacturers of hardwood
flooring or the Pergo-like products will have minimum specifications
so check. With other flooring like tile or sheetgoods it depends on
what is visually acceptable to you. Generally you'll want less than
1/4" in 8ft, perferably less. Lay a long straight edge on the floor
with a light behind it. Fill the hollows with something like FixAll or
a leveling product. You'll need to trowel it out, work fast but don't
worry about finish.
Maybe another thing to check is the moisture content of the floor if
installing some flooring materials.
Gyp Crete is an answer as are others. Look under the house to see if
anything is happening there that might affect the floors movement.
On 9 Nov 2003 09:04:10 -0800, jim email@example.com (Mike) wrote:
If you have access to the bottom of the floor you can simply shim the
floor. When I was straightening out my flooring, I used a ton of sawn
wood shingles and hammered them between the floor joist and the bottom
side of the flooring.
It took quite a while, but its fairly non destructive.
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