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  1. #1

    Unhappy Never as simple as it seems! HELP!

    We want to install hardwood floors in our living and dining rooms; however, there is a slight leveling difference between the 2 rooms (about 1/4 - almost 1/2 inch). This difference was not noticeable under carpet! (surprise to us)!

    When we investigated the cause (and possible solution), it was found that the former owners replaced and sistered some beams (termite problem). The replaced beams required jacking up the floor. When they did this...we believe they jacked up the one floor higher than the other and did not correct the problem once the beam was replaced.

    They also placed a framed wall from one end of the basement to the other--and this wall supports the sistered beams. UGH!!!!

    We began planning to remove the framed wall and replace the sistered beams; however, when we looked closely at the work required--we crinched with confusion. See attached photos.

    The 2 major issues are:

    1) there are many electrical wires directed through the beams (across the basement's ceiling); and
    2) the dishwasher's disposal line goes through many beams to the main disposal line.

    We would like to replace the beams, rewire the electrical lines, and correct the disposal line--however, we don't know where to begin! We thought of ripping the entire basement ceiling down and starting over; however that is quite costly.

    In an effort to determine if this is a project in which we can undertake, we have decided to seek guidance/recommendations from others who may have experienced this same/similar problem.

    Our challenge in this project is that we are trying to complete the project ourself to save money for the hardwood floors and other needs around the house.

    We have a team of 6 strong family members ready to tackle this project.

    Thank you for your suggestions/recommendations!
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Coventry, RI

    Default Re: Never as simple as it seems! HELP!

    That would be a pretty big undertaking to try to move the wires as they could go anywhere in the walls above. The pipes would be a little easier but still work. In either case you would need to get permits to do the electrical, plumbing, and structural work you want to do. It may be simpler to put down another layer of sub-floor to make up the difference. If you cant get them to match up exactly you could rent a power plane to feather out the transition area to make it a smooth transition. Just be sure there are no nails or screws that you will hit with the plane. Hope this helps you out.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Fayette County, Ohio

    Default Re: Never as simple as it seems! HELP!

    First let me say that you have not provided enough information. What is above the basement wall? Does it support walls above? Is this a single floor house or a 2 or 2 story house.

    If it is a bearing wall the solution of replacing the joists becomes much more complicated and should probably be done by a professional.

    If it not a bearing wall it would be doable but would no doubt require the removal of the flooring and sub floor to replace the joists. You have to remember that they are nailed to the joists. The siding covering the header joist and the header joist would have to be removed to slid in a new full length joists.Be sure not to remove the basement beam and support until repairs are made.

    In either of the above a lot of electrical and plumbing work will also be required.

    Your simplest solution would be to do as described above.

    Last edited by JLMCDANIEL; 11-08-2008 at 10:55 PM.
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