We’re very new to this (where “this” is defined as house repair). I’m looking for input from die-hard rennovators.. AKA the houseblog community (and hopefully my Dad).. how would -you- fix this?
While walking around on the hardwood floor in the NE bedroom, both Marc and I noticed a specific piece of hardwood that “flexes” when you step on it. It’s about 6-8 inches away from the middle of the north wall of the bedroom. Only one 6 inch section of the hardwood flexes.
This seemed like a “bad thing” so this last Sunday Marc went in to check out the crawlspace. It’s our first foray under the house.
He took a lot of pictures but I haven’t yet had time to sort through them.
Looking up in the crawlspace, the subfloor looks like it’s 2×6 boards set at an angle(ie, subfloor laid at 45° to the hardwood floor). Right under the spot that “flexes” Marc found some termite damage (we treated for termites the week we moved in so no live termites there). I believe it’s about the size of the palm of your hand.
I want to fix this… and stop the flexing.. but I don’t want to have to tear up the hardwood floor (we just got done refinishing it).
EDIT: Visit Repairing a subfloor without demolition (part 2) to see how we actually solved this problem.