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Re: [Shop-talk] Flooring for uneven basement?

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Flooring for uneven basement?
From: Jim Franklin <>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 09:45:09 -0500
On Dec 9, 2010, at 6:45 AM, Scott Hall wrote:

> It's probably not the answer you want, but I'd empty the basement and do it
'right'.  Grand down (or break up) the high spots and use self-leveler to do
the rest.  That sounds like something that could very quickly turn bad if you
don't bite the bullet and do it right the first time.
> Scott

I agree with doing it right, but it's up to the homeowner, and I doubt she
wants to buy several hundred gallons of self leveler. We decided yesterday to
only do half the basement and leave the workbench area (including boiler)
alone. So now I have a place to put stuff.


In looking at the lally columns, and the disintegrating floor around them, it
appears someone poured a topcoat of concrete onto the original slab. The
lallys sit on the original pour and seem ok, but the topcoat is
disintegrating, and sounds hollow when wacked with a hammer. So grinding would
remove the 2" or so of weak topcoat and holy cow I do not want that cleanup

Pat- the floor is too uneven for scribing sleepers, I'd still be doing them in
my grave.
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