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Re: Floors

Posted By: wes
Thursday, 13 April 2000, at 6:43 p.m.

In Response To: Floors (Vickie Huston)

I assume that you are planning on either recarpeting or preparing for either tile or wood planking, etc. Also that you are describing a pier and beam foundation, not a slab.

Either way, what you seem to have discovered sounds like the leveling compound that does have cement as its base. If the underlying floor directly above the floor joists (or directly underneath the cement) was not level then you would only recement it with this same type of compound unless you were completely set on tearing the floor out all the way to the joists. Even then if the joists were not all level, you would have to shim them up, jack up the piers,etc., or put subflooring down and, again, relevel it with cement based floor leveler.

Either way, if you want to break up the cement leveler, then I suggest a small sledge hammer, a crowbar and heavy chisel. Be sure to wear eye protection...good luck.

Hope this helps, but I had to make a lot of assumptions.

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