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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Got er done. Floor looks great (I didn't do that) but with a flat surface, there were no issues. Thanks to all for your advice, sh
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    I went with the post-retro look. The pros show up in eight days. sh
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Hello all after a long time. The cabs are finally in. I decided to have the floors installed by a licensed pro, but everyone's help in getting those floor joists in order was needed. Thanks to all for your interest and best of luck in all your projects. sh
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    I used the FastenMaster FlatLOK 3 1/2" units with two rows on 24" centers. Really stout screws. It says you don't need pilot holes but unless you can really lay into it at 90 degrees to the surface, they are hard to start. So I did pre-drill the holes and used a HD corded drill with a...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Update: I've got a pair of 9.5" x 1.75" LVL beams (one 28', actually) three feet from the original beam and half that much from the ill-considered load-bearing wall. So far in just bringing the beam up to the bottom of all the joists I've taken the largest dip in the floor from 1" to 1/2"...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Thanks highup. I went up 1/8" every other day on the beams -- probably do the same here or even slower since this is under the central wall. Here's what I've settled on -- very similar to your picture except the beam is a bit further from the topside wall because of the service panel. I tore...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Thanks highup. I've got two issues. The red dots are mono-posts I just installed to level the load beams that run the entire length of the house. Those are doubled 2x10s with 2x4 ledger boards on the outside that hold notched joists. In most of the house those have been jacked up as needed...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Hello Gents, Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I didn't intend to hijack my own thread for a framing discussion and moderators are welcome to act as they see fit. I got the two central beams under the kitchen straight by lifting them up with bottle jacks and setting them back on mono-posts...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Oh, that kind of 4x4! Yes, in the permanently supported spot on the beams above the mono-post I'm using an ancient PT 4x4 that I've cut a little long to go under the four-board bundle. The pictures from the last shot are for the gaps with nothing under them. Some of those 2x4s aren't full...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    I don't see how a 4x4 helps. The left picture shows a cross-section of a central beam midway between two support columns. They are more-or-less flush at the ends. The 2x4 ledger boards are being driven out of alignment with the central 2x10s by the weight of the joists. The pic on the right...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Thanks Gents. And yup, Ernesto, almost every wire in the house goes from the panel (in that little room) through the hole to everywhere else. The only wires I have to move are the ones I drilled through the joist myself. I'll have to re-rout the sink plumbing, replace the cast iron elbows and...
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Thanks highup. The culprit is a joist that was sawn-through for a toilet pipe. I'm going to need to build a plumbers box around it and put a beam under a span of about ten other joists. Almost all of the wires you see are bored through the joists to either side but they just left them hanging...
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    Pleased to meet you

    Thanks gents.
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    Newbie to forum starting to install a new floor; question about leveling

    Hello everyone and thanks for looking. I am redoing my kitchen after we had a mildew problem with all the rain this year in Western NC. I understand it's going around. There was a little black mold which was easy to fix but the main problem was the pinkish stuff that had gotten behind the...
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    Pleased to meet you

    Hi All. I'm Skip Helms and I'm planning to install a new kitchen floor pretty soon. Thanks in advance to everyone who will look at the main post in what I hope will be the appropriate section. Cheers, sh
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