Tuesday, February 5: Day 84
I explained in this post our plan to tear up the kitchen floor, then lay it back down in an attempt to make it level. Well, we did it. And I think I can safely say that at the very least, it’s more level than it was.
We started on Saturday afternoon by carefully unscrewing the plywood sheathing that makes up our subfloor. We wanted to reuse it if possible, so we couldn’t just start cutting and ripping. It was slow work, but the hardest part was figuring out where to put everything — you don’t realize how much you use a floor until you don’t have one:
It was an acrobatic weekend. We had to be pretty careful where we stepped, since falling off the joists would mean crashing down into our basement. Look at Chris plotting his next move:
As usual, demolition means we uncovered some more treasure. Check out this crowbar that somebody left behind (useful), along with this petrified mouse (not as useful):
Anyway, this was our mission: 1) Take off the “shims” that the previous owners had put on in a botched attempt to level the floor. 2) Put the shims back on, the right way. 3) Re-lay the subfloor. Once we pulled up all of the sheathing, this is what we were looking at:
See how the newer-looking 2×6’s are sitting a few inches above the top of the old joists? That’s fine…as long as they’re all sitting at the same height. Which they weren’t. So we spent our entire weekend dancing around on balance beams, adjusting those shims so that we’d end up with a floor that we could actually put tile on. Here’s a picture taken on Sunday afternoon (day 2 of this project). See how excited I look?
Yeah. But like I said, we got it done. And now we have a level floor, and it looks like…well, let’s be honest, it looks almost exactly like it did before.
But there’s one big exception: the problem that started it all. Tearing down the wall between the kitchen and bathroom revealed our wonky multi-level floors in the first place:
And now it looks like this:
Mission accomplished! Cross one more project off The List.
Plumbing permit? Fix shower leak Reinforce/add entry joist Demo office wall Replace sink vent/drain Build header Demo stove wall Demo false wall in bathroom Demo plaster on north wall
- Block for cabinets
- Frame bathroom/closet
- Frame out new windows
- Build down header
- Shim for drywall
And in typical Sarah fashion, I’m adding another one:
- Order parts for HVAC (after scouting trips to Home Depot and Menards, it seems we’re not going to be able to simply walk in and buy the parts we need for our 5″ ducts. 4″ and 6″ are apparently standard. So I’ll have to get those ordered soon, so we don’t end up waiting on delivery.)