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Old 01-14-2010, 04:29 PM
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Standing in the kitchen this AM I heard this loud noise. The 1' x 1' tiles have buckled at a seam and popped up about an inch. It's a narrow area between counters so it's only about 2.5' wide. It is about 4 feet from an outside wall but the buckle is perpendicular to that wall. This is on the 2nd story, first story is block, frame at this level.

It is next to the dishwasher so I suspected it might be leaking and swelling the subfloor. No sign of that. The area below it is garage, I can see it from underneath and there is no sign of anything abnormal. The tiles have been very cold for two weeks. That area of the 1st floor is not heated. Could it be contracting from the cold that popped them? No signs of anything else - cracks in walls or block (we have had a rash of sinkholes lately although not in my area). We have had cold weather before but not for this length of time.
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A large beaver maybe?


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movement due to temp change, my guess.
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A large beaver maybe?


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I'd expect a depression in that case, not an uplifting. Unless there was a huge suction. I think I would have seen it, already had a cup of coffee.

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Stay away from that Chineeze Sheet rock and Tile glue/grout..

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Rap the floor to see if hollow--- pull tile up and redo-- hopefully NOT a Sink hole
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This happened in my mother's house. My FIL is a contractor and has been building houses for over 30 years and he said sometimes when they put down tile they spread too much putty out and it partially dries before the tile is put down, years later it can release and buckle like that. My brother (adult) just happened to be sleeping at my mom's house when this occurred, he thought someone was breaking in as it occurred in the middle of the night.
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This happened in my mother's house. My FIL is a contractor and has been building houses for over 30 years and he said sometimes when they put down tile they spread too much putty out and it partially dries before the tile is put down, years later it can release and buckle like that. My brother (adult) just happened to be sleeping at my mom's house when this occurred, he thought someone was breaking in as it occurred in the middle of the night.
It made a hell of a noise. My dog was doing his Fred Flintstone imitation to get out of there.
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I hear that alot


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Originally Posted by Marlin009 View Post
My dog was doing his Fred Flintstone imitation to get out of there.

LMAO...

My dog does that on the linoleum floors at times!!!
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Aside from the levity, the Florida cold snap might have contributed.
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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
LMAO...

My dog does that on the linoleum floors at times!!!
Now he won't go back in the kitchen. My dog's a wuss.

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Aside from the levity, the Florida cold snap might have contributed.
That's the only thing I can think of.
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I hear ya. The doors in my house aren't closing smoothly anyome. Started during this cold snap. I can't remember a year where we have run the heat in the house this much.
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We've conditioned ourselves to keep the heat around 62 in the house. Admiral doesn't like it, but that's a whole lot easier to aclimate to after working outside for awhile. Glass houses are only fun in spring and fall....
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Originally Posted by Marlin009 View Post
Now he won't go back in the kitchen. My dog's a wuss.



I have an image in my mind of what the scene looked like...... looks something like this in my mind




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Call your insurance company, SINKHOLE!!!
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Most people don't realizae that cold weather is the dryest weather. At least here in the NW where winter is the rainy season.
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Need pics.

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I must have missed that memo.

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Pull it up and when you reinstall put this below it http://www.schluter.com/6_1_ditra.aspx
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