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Looking to level a floor with a 1 inch dip before installing laminate

By May 9, 2019 5 Comments
Looking to level a floor with a 1 inch dip before installing laminate

I am renovating a home and am planning on installing laminate flooring across the entire house. We just noticed that the living room floor has a large dip in the middle that’s about 1 inch deep across 7-9 feet.

Here’s a picture of the difference. https://i.imgur.com/SCY9s7x.jpg

The floor joists run perpendicular to the 2×4 there.

Any idea for how to go about leveling this so the floor goes in relatively flat and level?

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  • Piratesfan02 says:

    Do you have access to the joists underneath? I’ve used shims between the floor and joists. I then screw through the shim to keep it in place.

  • Rescue1022 says:

    Self leveling compound should be fine.

    There is obviously a dip there but don’t use a 2×4. They are terrible for use as a straight edge unless you actually ran it through a planer and saw to true it up. Even the best ones can have a slight bow or twist in them, it’s just the nature of kiln dried, fast growth pine lumber. Spend the money, on an aluminum 8 foot level, even a cheap one. They will be much straighter than a 2×4 if you take care of them and will come in handy for installing doors, floors, walls, cabinets, etc. They can also be used as a guide for a circular saw!

  • evolve10r says:

    Invest in a laser level I got my fat max for about $100 and is the best thing I’ve ever bought makes installing doors a breeze also better than a level

  • randomized_botanist says:

    Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions before buying the product. It’s possible that the thickness you need is too thick for different products.

    Can you see the joists underneath to figure out why that dip is there?

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