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Using Self Levelling Compound over wooden subfloor upstairs

So my question is less about how to use the Self Levelling Compound but more the complications of using it. For instance in my master bedroom we are looking to install LVP. I have laid down thick 25mm ...
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How to install vinyl plank on uneven surfaces in open concept home having tile and carpet?

The idea is to have a continuous vinyl plank floor in a home that has tile in the dining room and kitchen area, and carpet in the living room (see the image below). My intention is: To remove the ...
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Can I level a floor with joint compound?

I am working on a house that has been lifted 7 feet in the air. What it looks like is that they leveled the out side perimeter but when they put the post in the middle of the house they didn't check ...
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Underground Storage Tank removed - 'Right' kind of fill?

I didn't find a similar topic on the site. I'm a first-time home owner who just closed on a property. While under contract, the seller had to remove an old UST (Underground Storage Tank) for an oil ...
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Do I need to plumb my walls?

I'm building a small room and I do not have the option of leveling the floor, which is currently at about a 1-2° slant parallel to the 14 ft walls and perpendicular to the 12 ft walls. The walls are ...
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Best self leveling compound to use for this situation with LVP (1/2" feather edge thickness) [closed]

Looking for advice on which type of self leveling compound to level most of the concrete floor tied to this question asked earlier. I want to make it close to 6/16" min relative height so its ...
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How can I make this step the same level as the floor?

This might be the top of the foundation wall. I believe this doorway didn't exist originally, leads to an addition room. This step is a trip hazard. I got a flooring company quote for this tile but ...
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Best Practices for Levelling / Replacing Plank Subfloor (c. 1950s)

Doing a complete remodel of our kitchen and I'm at the stage where I am going to take the subfloor out for plumbing work, etc. I also want to plan ahead for the eventual floor install. Photo 1 below ...
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Can I apply mortar over a bumpy, gritty texture plaster wall?

The house I live in is quite old and the renovations made ~ 15 years ago by the previous owners are of extremely(!) poor quality. It's like the people who plastered it did it with their toes. In some ...
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Screeding efficiently and at good quality

I have gone through several iterations of screeding across laser-leveled wood forms. The results have not been pretty: i've had to rake down high spots and do have some low spots that will ...
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What should be done about (potentially) moving deck?

At a corner of my house I have a two-level wrap around deck. It is not far off the ground, 2-3ft. One level is about a foot above the other. This question is about the lower level. It is 15.5 feet ...
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How can I shave a sheet of plywood into a wedge shim?

There is a hallway with an uneven floor tilt to one side due to foundation settling more on that side. The settling had since been permanently stabilised. The goal is to nearly level the hallway by ...
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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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How to set a sole plate on a bumpy basement floor

I need to build a wall on a basement floor. The wall will need to support significant weight so I want it to be solid. The sole plate will be secured with concrete screws. The floor is a slab; it ...
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How do I deal with falling floor when fitting a kitchen?

In UK we typically have a 15cm-17cm gap under melamine-faced chipboard kitchen units, then cover with a plinth clipped on to the feet. I'm putting in a kitchen and the floor drops a good inch over a ...
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floor prep for LVP installation: need advice

I'm planning to float LVP (6.5mm) on 2nd store of our house (30+ years old). I'm currently working on a room that is 13' by 10'. I removed the carpet & padding, scraped and vacuumed. This is what ...
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Can I remove and replace blocking that's pushing up on subfloor, causing hump?

Over the summer (in humid Louisiana), we witnessed a hump emerge (about 0.5" from high point to the low point a few feet away) in our kitchen in our relatively new house. Very annoying. I went ...
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Floor Leveling/Finishing Options [closed]

I'm considering a few different options for leveling and refinishing an old floor and I'm looking for second opinions. The floor is roughly 13'x28' on the top 3rd floor of a ~120 year old row house. ...
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How to determine necessity of leveling a floor?

Situation: We have a seriously sloped floor, lowest points are in the far corners of an external wall of what appears to be a newer (~30 years) addition on a much older home (1945). The inside ...
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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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Re-leveling a 12x16 shed on gravel

I've got a 3 yr old 12x16 shed on a gravel pad. I put down driveway cloth, then 4" #2 stone- tamped and drove a machine over it for a bit-- then added 4" of crusher run and repeated. My ...
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How to level sloped concrete

I am using concrete bricks for an outdoor fireplace base. The concrete slopes downhill. Can I use cement patch to raise it 1/2" over 5' x 30 " span?
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Covering basement floor containing asbestos

I have a house built in 1968 and in the basement the floor is covered with 12X12 vinyl tile. I had sent the sample for asbestos testing and it came back negative for tile itself however the black ...
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Need a cheap material to level subfloor

2nd floor subfloor slopes from the outer walls towards the middle. Varies about 0.5in to 1inch depending on the wall and distance to the most depressed area of the floor. The subfloor is 5/8" ...
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Patching holes in basement concrete floor under old framing

I took out the partition walls in the basement of my 1923 house and the bottom sill plates were set into the concrete. With the wood removed (some of it basically disintegrated) I’ve now got some 1” ...
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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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Plastic shed base - How to level soil?

I am going to get a new shed but first I need the base. I have purchased a plastic grid base system, I have measured out the area and have cleared the turf on top. Now, I am coming a bit stuck on the ...
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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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How to level a concrete fountain base on a concrete surface?

I made a concrete slab to house my concrete fountain. The problem is the concrete fountain base wobbles on top of the slab. The concrete fountain itself came with plastic shims that I put in place. ...
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Peel and stick vinyl on existing tile - how to best level the tile floor for installation?

I knew installing peel and stick vinyl planks on uneven surfaces was a bad idea, but I decided to go ahead anyway (big mistake). It looks a lot worse than I originally expected, as the bulge is very ...
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Insulating and leveling sunroom floors

We have an old, 1911 house in Minnesota. Our front room is a converted porch which is drafty and quite sloped. Our plan is to rip up the old linoleum floors, get down to the joists, and essentially ...
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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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How should I fix sag in joists and floorboards?

I have a very unlevel floor upstairs in an old house (probably > 100 years). As far as I can tell, some of the joists were pushed down by the weight of a brick wall between the landing and a ...
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Replacing walkout basement concrete wall with wood framing

I’m trying to solve two problems with a 1000 sq ft brick each style house with a walk out basement. The back basement wall is concrete and has a sliding door on the walkout. In order to add a couple ...
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What is the best way to level an existing playset with only one person?

I purchased a used playset from a neighbor who was gracious enough to help me get it into my backyard. I was able to fix it up reinforce the corners with hurricane straps, re-stain it and put it at ...
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How can I flatten a hardwood floor in preparation for new flooring over it?

I have a second floor with T/G hardwood flooring that is in very bad shape. I have decided the easiest solution for me is to float new engineered hardwood over top of the old hardwood. There is no ...
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Do I need to remove all carpet adhesive residue before using a floor leveler?

We have a slab foundation on our place. The previous owners put down carpet with pad and there's a fair amount of glue and pad residue on the concrete, as well as some paint overspray. We'll need to ...
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What size dip in the floor needs to be filled before carpet is installed? [closed]

We are planning to put carpet over an oldish hardwood floor. I noticed that the floor has a dip of about 3/8" in a few areas. I intend to measure around with a long straightedge and see if I can ...
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Can I safely remove this sill?

We are putting in a new terrace and we have these sills or transitions on the outside of the doors which hang over the terrace. See picture below. My preference would be to remove these sills and ...
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How to correctly level a raised floor built on an old garage floor?

So, I've already tried and failed at this twice and if I'm going to rip up the floor again I want to make sure I do it right this time. I made this room in my basement that used to be a garage and the ...
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Plane floor joists, sand subfloor, or sand underlayment to handle hump in floor for cork plank flooring?

I am planning to install 5/8 in. plywood underlayment for some floating 1/4 in. cork plank flooring. Unfortunately, there is a hump in the floor spanning three joists, based on my measurement and ...
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Too Much Mud Leveling over New Drywall?

I framed a new wall over an existing wall to get a nice, rectangular recessed area for a projector screen in my basement. Here’s the wall prior to spackling: The old wall (back wall of recessed area) ...
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How should I raise the subfloor in one room to match another?

I am installing some new vinyl plank, and I have an issue where my dining room (linoleum) and living room (laminate) meet. The dining room is about 3/8" higher than the living room. I want to ...
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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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Why is my cottage wall bulging outwards? [closed]

Purchasing a cottage and trying to figure out how much work/money it'll be to repair an odd bulge in the wall. The south side wood wall is bulging out near the center. Although not clearly visible in ...
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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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How can I make a long wall perfectly level?

I am installing a short stone wall, made from these bricks. The wall is not tall, about 2.5' (0.8 m), but it is about 140' (45 m) in length. The wall needs to be strong to withstand flash floods, ...
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Enclosing an attached carport w/ concrete slab. The slab is not completely level. Pour concrete over existing floor or install wooden subfloor?

I am assuming my location may matter on this topic. We live in north Texas north of Dallas approximately an hour. We are enclosing an attached carport w/ concrete slab foundation. The slab is not ...
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What is the best way to ensure new air conditioning units stay level?

We live in Northern Illinois (-20F in Winter + 1-2 ft snow to 100F summer) and have two a/c units which are now 30 years old and it is time to replace them. They are located on the north side of our ...
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Is there an alternative to buying a tamper to compact the ground?

I plan to build a brick wall, so I need to compact the ground first. The hardware store sells a tool called a tamper, that sells for $60 and only weighs 15 lbs, so it seems inefficient. How is that ...
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