A.Tim Uhler, a lead framer for Pioneer Builders in Port Orchard, Wash., responds: Because out-of-level foundation walls really slow down production, I always make it a point to check new foundations before my crew begins framing; if there are problems, I immediately point them out to the foundation sub and general contractor. When the walls are more than 1/4 inch out of level, the foundation contractor typically should take care of the problem, either by grinding down the high spots or filling in the low spots.
Grinding down high spots isn’t any fun, but filling in low spots isn’t that difficult. One option is to use Quikrete’s FastSet grout (800/282-5828, quikrete.com), a nonshrinking portland cement–based grout that can be mixed to a fluidlike consistency, making it a self-leveling product. If the foundation sub can’t fix your problem, clamp 2x4s to...
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