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Just moved into this house and there is a gap between skirting board and floor only in one room and only on the exterior walls? At its largest point is measured just under an inch. Do I have to refit the skirting or is there another way to cover it? Plus is this something I should be worried about?? Please see photos


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Does the skirting sit on the floor anywhere?

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Yes the skirting sits on the floor or very close to on all other walls, (see photo)
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it’s just this back (external wall) where we seem to have the problem


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Have you bought the house or are you renting (or squatting or something else)? :-)


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Bought the house! :-)



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Can you get under the floor? Does it have a cellar? Wonder if the joist has rotted at the bottom and hence it's lower.

How old is the house?

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Do you have a spirit level ? does the floor drop ? If pre ww2 it could just be blast damage.

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The skirting board does not look as if it has been there since the war or thereabouts. Looks and sounds like joists problem :-(


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OchAye wrote:
The skirting board does not look as if it has been there since the war or thereabouts. Looks and sounds like joists problem :-(


I was thinking historic movement and the skirts being replaced more recently. I'd expect to see cracked tiles or grouting if this was recent movement.

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wine~o wrote:
I was thinking historic movement and the skirts being replaced more recently. I'd expect to see cracked tiles or grouting if this was recent movement.


I knew what you meant and I sounded sarcastic which I was not intending to be. Would the joiner that fitted the skirting boards have been happy with that job? There again, if they were intending to sell sooner or later I guess the previous owners were happy with that job ::b



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Ok soooo bad joiner doing a bad job with the skirts? Which I originally though but why one wall?? Or joist problem? And who do I get in a joiner? Or builder? Or one of you guys!!? Thanks for all your comments so far aswel :wink: oh and we have no cellar


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Suspended floor or solid concrete?

(Stamp on it to find out, hollow sound = suspended, solid thump = concrete)

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Also does the floor bow downwards in the centre of that wall?

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A spirit level is needed as Wine~o suggested earlier. Check the lean of the floor pointing one end of the spirit level against the skirting board with the gap and then the same at the opposite wall/skirting board. A longer spirit level than a shorter one would be better (and it costs more if you have to buy).


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