DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Flooring > Sagging floor




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-13-2011, 02:59 PM  
Andaura
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kamloops, BC
Posts: 7
Default Sagging floor

Hi everybody, this is my first post here and I am very new to doing home renovations. I'll explain my situation:

My wife and I bought a trailer a couple years ago and in one of the rooms that we don't use we ignored the corner that is sagging down. Now that we found out that our first baby is on the way we need to fix up the room and make it into a baby room.

The corner where the floor is sagging is around 2ft x 2ft. I don't really want to rip up the floor to fix this, but if i have to I will.

I can get underneath the trailer, but its not possible to get to the floor from underneath.

Also, we want to put down laminate floor once its fixed.



__________________
Andaura is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-13-2011, 03:47 PM  
oldognewtrick
Moderator
HRT_MODERATOR.png
 
oldognewtrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 4,984
Liked 408 Times on 341 Posts
Likes Given: 131

Default

Congrats on the baby!

As far as the floor, get underneath and make sure the framing is not compromised. Then take up the floor covering, repair any damaged sub-flooring, install new floor covering. It sounds a lot more intimidating than it will be...(hopefully the floor joists are not bad, if they are you can repair them) Post pics of what you find and someone here will help guide you along the way to fixing this.

Oh, and to House Repair Talk.



__________________
oldognewtrick is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-13-2011, 05:05 PM  
Andaura
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kamloops, BC
Posts: 7
Default

okay sounds good. I'll start taking pictures and taking off the floor covering ASAP. thanks for the advise.

__________________
Andaura is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-13-2011, 11:52 PM  
BridgeMan
Senior Member
 
BridgeMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cottage Grove, Oregon
Posts: 738
Liked 75 Times on 67 Posts

Default

I've seen or heard of several sagging floors in mobile homes (one of which I lived in for 3 years). Most times it was caused by a nearby leaking water heater or heater connection. The one I repaired only took the better part of a Saturday afternoon, and was actually fun (Hint--I get satisfaction from finding deteriorated members and replacing them better-than-new).

Don't be intimidated by your sagging floor--just remember, you are doing this for your new addition!

__________________
BridgeMan is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2011, 11:36 AM  
Andaura
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kamloops, BC
Posts: 7
Default

Hi everybody...sorry for such a long delay between posts I just haven't been able to get around to fixing my floor. I did what you suggested (I think) and got some pictures of what happened.

When i first ripped out the linoleum I realized that the wood was actually quite bad.
babyroom004.jpg picture by 2828828 - Photobucket

I took out all of the wood that was soft and this is what I got.
babyroom015.jpg picture by 2828828 - Photobucket
babyroom020.jpg picture by 2828828 - Photobucket

It is actually better than I thought. I was thinking there might be water problems and as far as I can tell there isn't. The wood that I took out was probably damaged from water from before I bought the trailer, but it was fixed.

What I was thinking I would do to fix the floor was to cut out the wood so I can just buy the same kind of wood and fill it in where I cut. The problem that I think I would have is the vents. I don't know how I would support the corner of the room and the side that the vent runs along. What I'm guessing the builders did was just put a support on the other side of the vent, but thats on the other side of the wall.

Also do you have any tips for pulling off that blue stuff?

Thanks!

__________________
Andaura is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2011, 04:37 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,685
Liked 788 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

As far as the blue stuff goes, Get yourself one of those little flat pry bar, there about 1 1/2" x12" long and carry on.
It looks to me they have added the venting around the room and used sleepers to raise the floor to hide it. I would use 1 1/2" taller sleeper for the floor with one running just in front of the vents and screw a 2x2 to the wall to match.
If the new height doesn't work you could screw 1 1/2 x1 1/2 angle iron to the wall to catch the plywood against the wall and cut some from under the edge of the plywood so it sits level. BTW use ply at least 5/8" .

__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2011, 11:12 PM  
Andaura
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kamloops, BC
Posts: 7
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nealtw View Post
As far as the blue stuff goes, Get yourself one of those little flat pry bar, there about 1 1/2" x12" long and carry on.
It looks to me they have added the venting around the room and used sleepers to raise the floor to hide it. I would use 1 1/2" taller sleeper for the floor with one running just in front of the vents and screw a 2x2 to the wall to match.
If the new height doesn't work you could screw 1 1/2 x1 1/2 angle iron to the wall to catch the plywood against the wall and cut some from under the edge of the plywood so it sits level. BTW use ply at least 5/8" .
sorry I'm really new to all these home renovations. What is a sleeper? and I really appreciate the advise, it just doesn't make much sense to me lol.

any advise for dummies? :P
__________________
Andaura is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-29-2011, 11:50 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,685
Liked 788 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

Maybe I am wrong ,but it looks like you have a 2x4 or something beside the vent raising the floor to a new height. That would be a sleeper, like a floor joist on top of the old floor.

__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-30-2011, 12:10 AM  
Andaura
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kamloops, BC
Posts: 7
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nealtw View Post
Maybe I am wrong ,but it looks like you have a 2x4 or something beside the vent raising the floor to a new height. That would be a sleeper, like a floor joist on top of the old floor.
ahh yeah thats exactly what it is. Thanks. I don't get how I'm supposed to support the floor where the vent is though. the sleepers go right up to the vent and the vent goes right up to the wall.
__________________
Andaura is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-30-2011, 12:35 AM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,685
Liked 788 Times on 703 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

If the sleepers are 2x4 change them to 2x6 and screw a 2x2 to the wall at the new level to support the floor.



__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Dip sagging floors jerome9999 Flooring 7 12-03-2012 12:06 AM
Sagging Second and Third Floor 581A0AM Framing and Foundation 2 10-23-2009 07:08 PM
sagging floor shan2themax Framing and Foundation 6 06-03-2007 07:13 PM
Sagging ceileng sicko Flooring 8 07-19-2006 08:26 AM
sagging ceiling Just Jack Walls and Ceilings 3 03-18-2006 09:08 AM