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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:40 pm 
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We have finally knocked through the wall between the lounge & dining to created an open space.
Now time for flooring!
Previously we had laminate & found issues with rising damp/leak somewhere & had to have the laminate ripped up.
The insurance people could not locate the leak/confirm that its definitely rising damp - so gave us some money & made us sign some indemnity that we cannot claim for leaks in the future.

The floorboards are in good condition but there are 2 concrete patches (level with the floorboards) where I believe the old fireplace was.

Now time for flooring & we are looking around for ideas that would:-
- Allow easy access to the pipes
- cover the 2 concrete patches
- I hate carpets

We are toying with the following ideas:
- Use existing floorboards & have a few rugs around to hide the concrete patches (urgh!)
- Raise the existing joist & install new floorboards so they cover the concrete patches
- Lay new floorboards over the old floorboards - but our flooring guy tells us that it has to be laid in opposite direction which then defeats the original intention of being able to easily lift up the floorboards to investigate
- Bite the bullet & reinstall the laminate flooring - just need to get extras just incase we have to lift them up in the future
- Any other ideas?

Would would appreciate any advice/experience.
Thanks!


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Hire a breaker and lower the concrete?

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which options would you recommend?


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youve got to find the cause of the damp and make it god.as said knock out the concrete hearths an drop the level of the hearth earth fill below any wood joist trimming joists.damp might be coming up from the earth fill.
you can break out the concrete with a lump hammer.
can you get under the floor? are they both suspended? have you worked out how to bridge the knock throuh threshold.are the floors at the same level?


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