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I have an older house with a crawl space. I know its common to have older houses need extra support for the floors. My bathtub seems to be falling because the grout line around the tub keeps cracking. Now there is a significant gap between the relatively new grout and the bottom of the tiles. There is also a spot in the main walkway where the walls are cracking and the floor seems to be weaker. Anyone have experience or advice about how to proceede with repairs?
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You'll need 4x6s, 2x6s, plywood (same size as existing), and joist hangers. Plan on removing the tub since you say that the tub keeps sinking. You'll probably need some bottle jacks to hold up the subfloor while making repairs. You won't need the crawl space since you'll be pulling up the subfloor to make repairs to the damaged area. Before closing it back up, make sure to apply copper green to everything you can reach (beems, girders, plywood).
YOU WILL BE OPENING UP A CAN OF WORMS! So be prepaired. Good luck.

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Have you gone under the house to see if you have a pillar or two under that area that are sinking? If that is the case, releveling may be in order, and maybe you can save yourself the expense and hassle of replacing floor joists and subfloors.
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I have an older house with a crawl space. I know its common to have older houses need extra support for the floors. My bathtub seems to be falling because the grout line around the tub keeps cracking. Now there is a significant gap between the relatively new grout and the bottom of the tiles. There is also a spot in the main walkway where the walls are cracking and the floor seems to be weaker. Anyone have experience or advice about how to proceede with repairs?
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Are you on a peer&beam or a slab? What type of soil do you have, (Clay/Sandy Loam/etc)?
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Are you on a peer&beam or a slab?

Doesn't a "crawl space" indicate that the house is off the ground? That's what I was thinking, but I'm not too keen on them Yankee terms.
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Doesn't a "crawl space" indicate that the house is off the ground? That's what I was thinking, but I'm not too keen on them Yankee terms.
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The house is definatly not on a slab i.e. I can crawl under the house and place bottle jacks etc. I'm not sure the floor is rotten under the tub, I really think its a support issue since i'm seeing it in other places (of course that does not rule out additional problems). We are blessed with a nice clay soil here in north Alabama, so once its supported I don't expect too much movement.
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I've never really heard "Nice" and "Clay Soil" in the same sentence before. Go figure. I suppose you've never had to dig trenches in clay soil before.

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Doesn't a "crawl space" indicate that the house is off the ground? That's what I was thinking, but I'm not too keen on them Yankee terms.
No, a crawlspace can be anywhere, like in the eves of some older homes.
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I was being facetious
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The house is definatly not on a slab i.e. I can crawl under the house and place bottle jacks etc. I'm not sure the floor is rotten under the tub, I really think its a support issue since i'm seeing it in other places (of course that does not rule out additional problems). We are blessed with a nice clay soil here in north Alabama, so once its supported I don't expect too much movement.
Since you are not on a slab, you may be less effected by soil movement. Clay has a bad way of expanding and contracting unless kept at a fairly constant moisture level. Id have an Engineer come out and measure your house for movement.
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