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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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Levelling deep spots in concrete floor

I have a large room with a corner that goes close to 3" below level. Rather than dumping bag after bag of SLC, it seems like maybe I should use a regular mortar or concrete to get it up to near ...
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Is an inflatable pool that is more than a few inches off level safe enough to swim in? If not, is it salvageable without dumping?

We had this ground “leveled” but apparently not really. It was built up with sand and is already eroding away after a few short weeks. Is it still safe enough to use? Anyone had one of these collapse ...
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Do I need to cut the bottom row of tiles for a shower wall to keep them level?

I'm confused how to begin tiling and adjusting the first row. Do I need to grind all the tiles from 2,3 to the end so they can be leveled with number one? Or if I raised number 1ittle bit to level ...
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Space between 12'x24' tile is it 1/8 or 1/16

I bought a T-lock leveling system. I'm stacking my tile vertically. What space should I leave between the tiles and also between the tile and wall. Shall I use 1/16" spacers or 1/8" spacers?
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Densheilds project progress with leveling issue

I have installed Densheilds tile backer boards as showed in the pictures and I noticed on the big board (5'x5') that at the corner there is a light gap (not leveled.) I'm going to install a 12"X24" ...
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Filling in a sunken living room to level of other floors

My sunken living room floor is concrete slab surrounded on two sides by higher concrete slabs at the level of the rest of the house. The other wall is a brick fireplace hearth. The wall opposite that ...
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Top of stairs wood tread to carpet transition level issue

I'm doing a DIY project converting my carpeted stairs to stained 1" think red oak treads and painted poplar risers. My issue is at the top of the stairs where I'm placing a narrow stair tread, this ...
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How to repair an OPEN FOUNDATION home?

My house built 1970, is built on 6X6 piers. The four Piers along the back of the house are okay but the next row of four piers are slightly settled lower and the front three piers are considerably ...
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Can I use liquid floor leveler on a previously tiled wood bathroom floor where I could not get up all of the thin set

This is a 8 x 5 bathroom floor on the second level. The wood subfloor seems to be in good condition, no movement, solid. One section all of the old thin set that came up very nicely. The rest of it ...
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New Sprinkler Installation - Rototill/Level Before or After? Any other "Pre-Sprinkler" Preparation?

I have a (mostly) dirt and weeds backyard to which I am planning to add sprinkling and new sod next month. However, my locality requires (and I agree since the soil is poor) that I rototill in compost ...
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Is there a simple way to make these rough sawn, exposed joists level and flat?

I am renovating the kitchen in my 100+ year old American Four Square home. I was unfortunately not able to salvage the original longleaf pine flooring, so it has all been pulled up. I'm left with ...
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Do we have to worry about liquid leveler being too heavy?

We're having flooring installed soon and our current floors have a decent slope to them and aren't level. The installer is going to use a liquid leveler. Do we have to worry about it being too heavy ...
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installing a laminate countertop on uneven cabinets

I will be installing a laminate countertop on some base cabinets that I've installed. I leveled the cabinets the best I could with a 4-foot level, but the problem is they are cheap, big-box, stock ...
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Advice on supporting a sagging bay window

We have bay window that has sagged enough that that windows are out of square and no longer open or align properly to get a good seal. As such, they are drafty in the winter and we can't open them in ...
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Laying Stone on a unlevel concrete surface

first and foremost thanks for the help :) I am in the process of redoing my porch and I have hit a road bump along the way. I am planning on laying real thick stone (as seen here) on the porch floor. ...
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Practical differences of two types of tile levelling system

I'm looking to tile a relatively small area floor (about 4 sq m) with ceramic tiles 300x100 mm, 10mm thick. There are two main types of tile levelling systems that I've seen: clip and wedge and the ...
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Preparing plank subfloor for new flooring

I recently bought a house that was built in 1890. Due to the age of the house and some previous issues and general lack of upkeep, the original floors need to be replaced. I plan on laying plywood ...
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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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Flat non-concrete subsurface for outdoor rubber tile

I have a 10' x 7'6" area of dirt over which I have installed 20"x20" 3/4"-thick rubber tile (Rubber-Cal Eco-Sport). The tiles are connected using inter-tile plastic pins-- there is no adhesive. I use ...
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How to laser-level close to a surface

Many self-leveling lasers, including my Bosch GCL 2-160, have a limitation when used to level a ceiling or a floor: the horizontal laser beam often cannot get within several inches of the ceiling or ...
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spacing of steel studs for ceiling leveling

I'm renovating a single-family basement. The floor joists above the basement are 2x8 douglas fir, mostly spaced 12" OC. The basement ceiling will be finished with a single layer of 1/2" drywall. There'...
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