Sagging upstairs in very old home?


Old 06-12-10, 09:32 PM
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Sagging upstairs in very old home?


My house is a 1-1/2 story log cabin that was remodeled in approx. 1930. The second floor was remodeled but since I didn't see it before it was remodeled I don't know the "guts" so to speak of what went into the floor. I do know that the upstairs floor is sagging in the middle and if you jump just a little you can feel the floor give just a little so I know it needs fixed.

I have read several other forums and alot of them say to basically tear out the first floor ceiling to see the condition of second story floor joists and what repairs may be needed. My main question is instead tearing out the ceiling ,which I
know(?) would eventually have to come down, what would be your advice on tearing out the upstairs floor to see what repairs are needed before I make the huge mess of tearing out the ceiling?

Another reason for the concern is since the second floor is sagging I was hoping I could get the measurements and amount of lumber needed before the big mess of tearing out the ceiling. My house is small and I wanted the ceiling tear down and replace to be as quick as possible.

Any help would be appreciated-Thanks.
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Old 06-13-10, 03:43 AM
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It would be better to remove the ceiling below. Main reason is if you need to install a Paralam or LVL beam, it can be placed in and the entire floor raised at the same time. It would be more difficult to "pull" it up from above than to "push" it from below. What is the ceiling material...sheetrock, plaster, suspended??
You will need to determine the size and spacing of your joists. How long are the joists?
Old 06-15-10, 10:13 PM
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not sure what the measuremes but will post when I get into it. I think the material is layers of some kind of material. Not drywall or sheetrock I don't think. The upstairs celing has peeled off in places? Seems like layers on top of layers? Any idea what that might be? Thanks for the advice.

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