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Should I fill trenches along the foundation in my crawl space for stability?

I was exploring my crawl space and see that the soil level dips down as it reaches the final 12 inches before hitting the foundation walls. In some areas I can even see the bottom of the foundation ...
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to address a hump in hardwood floor or not [closed]

Our house is 100 years old and the 2nd floor was carpeted. The carpet was worn out and I pulled it up to find hardwood floors (I did the hall and main bedroom so far). Realizing I have to refinish ...
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How do I determine why my town house floors are uneven all over? [closed]

My townhome, built 1988, has floors that are not level throughout the home. In the bedroom if a dresser is against the wall on two opposite walls they have an extreme forward tilt; but, on the other ...
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Why does this bubble level have spirit tubes in pairs?

Please can someone explain the function of this level? Why the two torpedo tubes beside one another and why don't they match?
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How can I wrap trim around a corner where the floors have different levels?

My floors are not exactly level and floor quarter round molding does not tie together. Any ideas on how we can make this look good?
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Aqaurium fish tank leveling [closed]

I have an aquarium I am trying to level on a garage floor. The flooring is concrete slab and aquarium is on a metal stand. Since garages have a slope to them, my aquarium is off on the left side by 2 ...
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Precision in Home Improvement, or: How to Trust a Laser Level?

Even though I enjoy DIY, I also suffer from a certain amount of anxiety about it, especially when tolerances have to be tight. If the Internet's advice is that a certain thing needs to be square, or ...
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Wardrobe leaning backward, how to pad out space and level out?

I've just built a tall Ikea PAX wardrobe and it appears to be leaning backward somewhat (see photo). I'm wondering how I should go about correcting this? Initial idea: There are brackets on the top ...
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Can we pour slab even if the bricks below it are not leveled?

So we were about to pour concrete on on top of 3 layers of bricks that is already done. I always ask the guy who manages and he always say its leveled , so today I went my self and we all checked but ...
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Floating shelf leaning forward/sloping down

Background I am fitting some solid oak floating shelves to a plasterboard wall, using a kit I purchased from Etsy. I was supplied with Gripit brown anchors which are plenty capable of supporting the ...
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How should I secure new sheetrock to a sloped ceiling to make the new ceiling flat?

I am in the process of covering over a textured ceiling with new 1/2" sheetrock and then installing a coffered ceiling/crown molding detail throughout the room. The ceiling has prefab trusses ...
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Cabinet doors dropped after initial fitting

I have built some kitchen-styled cabinets for my office. They are situated atop an 18mm mdf base as this is over carpet, in order to help get level easier. I have ensured that the cabinet is level in ...
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Furniture plinth on carpet - making it level

I am planning some wardobes and would like to create a plinth for the carcasses to sit on. This plinth would sit upon a relatively freshly carpeted area and my concern is that this may hinder my ...
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What is the best way to re-level wall tile?

I'm installing tile on a wall in my bathroom. After about ten rows of tile have been installed above my ledger board, the tiles have drifted slightly unlevel along the horizontal plane. To clarify, ...
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Best way to keep hanging bolts level?

I've got a piece of plywood attached to the wall from which I am going to hang this server rack. back of rack: plywood: The rack is heavy ~50 lbs and I am trying to figure out the best way to hang ...
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What is the leveling margin error when using a level and the bubble is between lines but not perfectly centered?

Not sure if leveling works like all or nothing or there are degrees of levelness. I would like to know what is the error margin of levelness (min is zero and max is ?) when your level shows the bubble ...
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Shower drain not level, water collects to one side of it. How can I level it without having to reinstall it?

I have a shower with ceramic tiles and a long stainless steel drain. The geniuses that installed it did not level it. The result is that water collects on one side of it. The collected water depth at ...
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A tale of two Victorian houses: one cracking, one sloping. Potential causes?

Did a viewing of two houses in London, revealing different problems. What could be causing these issues? Which one is potentially more serious? Mr Slopy No visible internal cracks inside; ground ...
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Leveling subfloor joists – plane joists or remove support from below

I’m leveling joists in a bathroom floor in preparation for a new subfloor and tile. The bathroom is on the 1st floor with a full height basement below. Two of the joists have a 1/4 inch high spot and ...
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Indoor Putting Green - Not Level [closed]

I have a finished basement with a floor made up of square, 8" ceramic tiles. I have a putting green placed on top of the floor that is made up of interlocking hard plastic modules, each about 2 ...
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How to check if joists are on plane?

I'm considering using 1x3 strapping before applying my new drywall ceiling (after doing some more work on them the other night and realizing it may be the best option). The ceiling joists are exposed ...
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How level is 'good enough' for a 8x14' shed's gravel foundation?

I built a gravel foundation for an 8x14' prebuilt wooden shed. I spent a lot of time addressing drainage and most aspects of the foundation. Now it is finished, I think, but I want more experienced ...
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Installing fascia boards on uneven roofline

I am doing some repair work on an old shed. I cut back rotted rafter tails and installed new eave trim. I plan on adding drip edge and new asphalt shingles next. When I installed the eave trim, I ...
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Battening an uneven wall for plasterboard

I want to place plasterboard against some interior walls (garage conversion) I want to batten out the walls with timber and back the timber with Damp Proof Course (DPC). I already have this timber, ...
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above ground pool on slightly sloped driveway

We are wanting to get an above ground pool that is approx 20'w x52"deep. Our yard is not really level enough to use so we are thinking we could possibly set it up in our driveway. It seems level to ...
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Easy platform for a small metal frame pool

Recently I have been thinking about purchasing a small metal frame pool, something simple that can be taken down during the fall/winter seasons. The issue I have is my entire backyard is on a slight ...
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Strapping to level ceiling before putting up rock——code?

I’m considering putting up 1x3 strapping (rather than steel beams)to level the ceiling in my kitchen (century home) before putting up rock. It is out of level between the joists anywhere from 0 to 1/8”...
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how to properly hang door when wall is far out of plumb?

I have a new solid-wood interior door that I want to hang. I removed the previous jamb, as it was not well installed. The rough opening is reasonably plumb when looking through the doorway (some ...
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Sump pump cycle

We bought a house. It's up on a hill. There is a "path" through the backyard that stays green all year long at the bottom of the hill. The elevation of this "path" is about 3 feet +/- lower than ...
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Engineered hardwood over uneven basement subfloor?

I purchased a house 2 years ago with a partially unfinished basement but had all the supplies to finish. I am getting around to doing the flooring soon. I have nice oak engineered hardwood flooring ...
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How can I adjust the water level in a Grohe inner wall toilet?

How do I adjust the water level in the toilet bowl itself? With flushing there is a gush of water that actually flies forward and onto the floor, not really ideal. I think it's because the level of ...
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Building a metal stud wall on a tilted / unlevel surface? (how to use a level?)

I'm building a wall + door frame for the first time to cover the opening of a box van with the rear door ripped out. The van is not sitting level; the tires have blown out on the right side so it's on ...
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Install level on cordless drill

I would like to add a level to my cordless drill. I saw this and thought it would work if I added it to the back of my drill. I thought I would position the drill in the right position and then ...
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Domed concrete floor (garage) needs leveling

I am about to replace a 14ft wide garage door. The concrete floor is domed in the centre of the doors width. The mid section of floor is roughly level for about 6 feet wide but falls away each side ...
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Level hardwood floor that was covered by baseboard

I recently removed my baseboard to be able to put the free standing wardrobe close to the wall. I noticed that the approximately 1 inch of floor where the baseboard was sitting on is a little higher ...
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Second-story floor leveling question for new home

We recently purchased a new home (yes, new construction); the home is a modern-style three story 1800 sqft detached home with a cantilevered section. There's a carport under the cantilever, and then ...
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Leveling joists for drywall installation

So I asked a question a couple of days ago about leveling my ceiling joists. I got great recommendations, from strapping with 1X3 straps, and also metal studs. So I placed String Lines across and ...
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How to level uneven ceiling joists for sheetrock placement

So I noticed that my 1961 year old one floor home joists are not even, some areas it's bowed down. I ran a string line, I see about 1/2 inch low points in few areas. I have read the standard fix to ...
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How should I shim the feet of a modular tub?

I did the tile in another bath - house built around 1990. Sub floor is in great shape and level(?). Sterling (Kohler) 'Ensemble' unit. It appears there are 8 'feet' that are a part of the 'grid' ...
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Why do Contractor Levels have two vials with the same orientation?

It seems to me that having multiple vials in the same orientation is redundant, but many levels seems to include this feature. What am I missing? There has to be some reason.
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How to properly level / build a fence for in my back yard?

I'm building a fence in my backyard it's about 300ft of fence and this is my first time doing a project like this. I wasn't 100% sure the best method for leveling, my yard is mostly flat no big ...
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How curved is a horizontal string line? [closed]

I plan to build a raised planter from 2 courses of concrete blocks. The long dimension is about 9 meters. I staked the corners, and then stretched a string the entire length as taut as I could without ...
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Ideal approach to level a 6x8 ft bathroom?

I am in the slow process of remodeling a small bathroom. The room is roughly 50 square feet. I am down to the bare joists and have 3/4" plywood that I'm about to screw down with 3" screws. After that, ...
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Track Sagging Floor Over Time

We recently moved some furniture around in our 100+ year old house, and it's drawn attention to the fact that some of our floors aren't 100% level. I can't really tell if this is something that's new,...
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Sump pump water now high. Where’s it coming from?

We moved into a new house in June. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the sump pump to start but the water only sat about 2-3” full in the sump pit. It’s now always at the level of the first inlet ...
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Leveling a sinking 1st floor addition that is about 4' off the ground [closed]

First time home buyer looking for good advice about possibly raising a sunken 2 room addition ourselves. Wood frame, the sill is in good shape no rotting. No warping or "cupping" of the rooms. The ...
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How to check if floor is level

Is there any way to check if a floor is completely level without having any advanced tools? I want to be sure that a bookcase would not need extra support
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How should I level the concrete foundations for my fence's CMU block pillars?

I'm getting ready to build a fence, consisting of CMU pillars spaced every 10 feet, with wooden pickets or latillas between them. For the block pillar foundations, I plan to dig holes in the ground, ...
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Levelling across multiple garden grids or concrete path tiles

I'm trying to create a level, sturdy space outdoors, where I can ultimately set up a heavy workbench with various tools. This needs to be 2.5m wide, and 1.0-1.2m deep, giving sufficient area to both ...
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Is this level 5?

We got involved in a spec house about half-way through the build. We paid up for "Level 5" drywall throughout. Initially, it looked beautiful. The walls still look great, and most of the ceilings too....
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