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Floor out of square

Postby tawright915 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:41 pm

Not sure of my reasoning, except that there was space, I glued and screwed up my floor on a sloping driveway. Once I was done, I noticed that it had slipped. Is there a way that I can square up my floor so that I can continue building?

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Re: Floor out of square

Postby les45 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:05 pm

Pics would help so we can see what you are dealing with.
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Re: Floor out of square

Postby tawright915 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:50 pm

I haven't gotten a picture of the floor yet, but I have measurements.

When looking from the back of the trailer to the front (to the tongue) on the left side from back to front it is 11' 1/8" on the right side from back to front it is 10' 12 3/4". So it seems that I am off by a 1/4" in the front from left to right.

Should I just measure down on the left side front 1/4" and set a mark, then snap a line from the right front corner to the left front mark and cut that, or is 1/4" well within the line of margin?

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Re: Floor out of square

Postby Woodbutcher » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:06 pm

I would say a 1/4" in 11 feet should not create any problems. When questioning things like this as a youngster my Dad would always say "We're not building a watch" . So as I grew up I realized everything will not come out perfect. As an old guy I now adjust in the field when things don't go just right.
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Re: Floor out of square

Postby MtnDon » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:07 pm

Is this discrepancy in a floor you have built on a frame or is the discrepancy in the frame?

Have you measured the two diagonals? Left front to right rear corner and right front to left rear corner. The ideal is to get those as close to equal as possible, resulting in a square structure. Square is easier to work with than un-square.

We all have different ways of looking at things. Myself, I think 1/4" in eleven feet is a large error. When you build on top of errors my experience has been that you are forever having to deal with this and it can affect other materials used for sides, top, etc.
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Re: Floor out of square

Postby tawright915 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:56 pm

MtnDon wrote:Is this discrepancy in a floor you have built on a frame or is the discrepancy in the frame?

Have you measured the two diagonals? Left front to right rear corner and right front to left rear corner. The ideal is to get those as close to equal as possible, resulting in a square structure. Square is easier to work with than un-square.

We all have different ways of looking at things. Myself, I think 1/4" in eleven feet is a large error. When you build on top of errors my experience has been that you are forever having to deal with this and it can affect other materials used for sides, top, etc.


Yes, from corner to corner it's the same, 1/4" out of square. So is my solution correct, measure down a 1/4" in on the long side and cut to the corner of the short side?

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Re: Floor out of square

Postby working on it » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:40 pm

Woodbutcher wrote:I would say a 1/4" in 11 feet should not create any problems. When questioning things like this as a youngster my Dad would always say "We're not building a watch" . So as I grew up I realized everything will not come out perfect. As an old guy I now adjust in the field when things don't go just right.
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