leveling before laying wood

Old 09-22-01, 09:59 AM
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The plywood subfloor I'm going to install over was laid over old "tree" joists. Logs hewn on one side. In a couple of places the ply doesn't meet up, one piece rides a little higher than the other. As this is going to be the place I nail into, I want to level these rough spots up before I lay the floor. Self leveling compound doesn't seem like the right thing as it's concrete and would most likely crack and crumble when nailed through.

What would you use?


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Leveling subfloor

I have read forum posts where posters chiseled down the joists to the appropriate level so subfloor would be level.
Old 09-23-01, 02:57 AM
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It may be that that is the best choice. I could lift the pieces that are uneven and reset them back after chiseling or shimming out the joists.

Any other ideas?

Old 09-24-01, 09:22 AM
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Patricia has the right ideas. You may get a few responses at the following site, as some of these guys run into conditions similar from time to time. They may get a kick out of this subject as well. I'd suggest in making a post as specific as possible in regards to location and your dilemma. Don't even mention self levelling.

Good Luck


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Old 09-24-01, 10:14 AM
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Thanks for the info on that forum. They seem like an interesting crowd!

I already began lifting boards and leveled them the chisel way. Looks good. I have got one nasty spot, though, where four 4x8 sheets meet! I may do something Mickey Mouse with that one as one sheet runs under a woodstove.


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