Leveling floors and Installing windows


Out-of-level floors are not only nuisances to walk across, but if they’re severe enough, they can also become a real safety hazard. Slanted floors can also cause cracks over windows and doors or make doors and windows stick and tough to operate. Thus, by repairing your out-of-level floor, you may find the windows and doors in your home are a whole lot easier to use and last longer.

Before embarking on the floor-leveling project here, take a simpler approach first: Start by stabilizing the moisture content of the soil near the foundation. Installing gutters and downspouts (and keeping them clean), installing downspout diverters (splash blocks), installing underground drainage systems, controlling landscape irrigation, and grading soil to shed away from the foundation are all effective means of controlling excessive moisture. Depending upon the climate and temperature (based on the time of year that you take action), this passive stabilization process could take anywhere from...

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Choose quality material.

Cheap laminate flooring has a higher chance of being defective right away and over time. Through usage, it may warp, buckle, and develop permanent stains. If you are working with a professional carpenter, ask for their opinion on the best brands. If you are on your own, ask an experienced home center employee, call a contractor, or check online for reviews on products you are considering.

Purchase approximately 15% more laminate than you expect you will need. This will be useful for boards that are damaged, or in case the measurements are not accurate.[7] Check to make sure you buy products that do not contain harmful...
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Considerations and procedures for this type of installation. November 7, 2001

The Hardwoods: Naturally in Demand

Reprinted with permission from The Hardwood Council website.

Home buyers want the warm, inviting atmosphere that such North American hardwoods as oak, cherry, ash, maple, birch and poplar create. Nothing can replace their appeal in:

-- built-ins and custom cabinetry
-- doors and door jambs
-- flooring
-- mantels
-- mouldings and trim
-- paneling
-- shelving
-- staircases
-- wainscoting
-- window casings and sills

Like silk, precious stones, linen and leather, the hardwoods are premium materials with unique, natural character. Substitutes may counterfeit hardwood looks, but they can't match the vitality, variety and value of the real thing. Consumers know the difference.

The hardwoods make any home more appealing. Understanding how to work with them will pay off in...

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[Summary]How to Level a Floor Before Putting Down Hardwood Flooring • DIY Projects & Videos Using a Flooring Stapler The tongue and groove system of installing hardwood flooring allow you to use an angled flooring stapler. The fasteners will be hidden, with e


How to Level a Floor Before Putting Down Hardwood Flooring • DIY Projects & Videos

Using a Flooring Stapler

The tongue and groove system of installing hardwood flooring allow you to use an angled flooring stapler. The fasteners will be hidden, with each nail head hiding underneath the groove of each successive piece that you install. As you install the successive rows of hardwood flooring, you may find that some pieces fit together better than others. Stubborn pieces can be persuaded to fit into place by using a plastic block to lightly tap them to the grooves. Avoid using a hammer for this, as it will damage the tongue and groove system. A pull bar can also be used to...

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Humps or depressions cause gaps to form at laminate joints.

Even slight humps and depressions in plywood or OSB subfloor can mar a vinyl floor and can cause all kinds of problems with hardwood and laminate -- gaps can form, and boards can squeak and even crack. The main tool you need to level a wood subfloor is a straightedge at least 6 feet long -- a straight two-by-four works well for this purpose.

Step 1

Secure all the plywood or OSB sheets to the joists with 2-inch, coarse-thread screws, even if they are already nailed. Screws are more reliable than nails and won't pop out.

Step 2

Vacuum the floor and look for the highest spot. Place one end of a 6-foot straightedge on that spot and, using it as a pivot, rotate the straightedge in a circle. Mark all depressions with a pencil. If a depression is more than 3/8 inches deep, mark it as such.

Step 3

Move the straightedge to another high point and repeat the procedure. Continue doing this...

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Shovel the concrete over the floor, starting at the wall farthest from the door (Image 1).

Scrape a straight-edged plank across the concrete to level it, using the top edge of the insulation as a guide (Image 2).

Fill in any gaps or indentations using a trowel as you work backward. You may need to go over the area more than once (Image 3).

Use a plastering trowel to smooth any rough areas, right to the edges of the insulation foam. Leave the concrete to set for two to three days (Image 4).

Place furring strips on the dry concrete. Apply a top layer, leveling it to the top of the furring strips (Image 5). Remove the furring strips and fill the gaps.

Level the surface using a float (Image 6). Work to the edges and back toward the door. Leave for another two to three days to set...

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As a homeowner, realizing that you may need house leveling and repair can be unsettling. You’ve probably heard that having a home leveled or having your foundation repaired will cost you a small fortune, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Having your foundation repaired might be less costly than you think, particularly if your home features a pier and beam foundation. Regardless of cost, however, having your foundation issues resolved is essential. Luckily, understanding a little more about having your home leveled can make the process less intimidating and can help you make the right decisions in regards to maintaining and repairing your home.

What is House Leveling?

Over time, your home’s foundation can begin to fail. This can be due to a lot of things, such as excess moisture or soil-related problems, a foundation that wasn’t really designed to effectively support your home’s weight and more. Ensuring that your house is on a sturdy foundation is essential,...

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