Floors part 1: Floors.......problems?? what problems? I'm not sure what your talking about!! Part 1

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Blog entry by Todd Thomas posted 09-01-2010 02:14 PM 16217 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this isn’t really woodworking to the level most of you do….but it is wood and I am working…...I don’t get to do much built in work lately. This is as close as I get…......this is part of our “Whole house remodel” series over at homerefurbers

Warning: LOTS OF PICTURES Ok….here we go weeeeeeeeeeee….So I get a call from my wife ”you better come up here and look at these floors” I nicely told her just to get them clean enough for us to start sanding. She repeated ”get up here we have a problem” As you can see from the picture we had a problem. As she started to clean the floors she noticed that most of the flooring was separated, and not just a little bit :-( The house originally did not have a basement on it. The former owner had someone put it in and I guess the house rolled and most of the hardwood flooring came apart…..bummer….....

So my lovely wife asked what I was going to do about it. I told here the only right way I know of is to tear it all out and re lay it!! WOW about 1400 sq feet…So we tear it it, just her and I, as you can see we ended up with a mess…...

Then she asks me whats next and I tell her we need to go through each piece and pull nail and scrape wood putty off until it is good enough to put back down!....Well lets just say she wanted no part of that..So she calls me the next day and said she found some 3 1/4 inch red oak “rustic grade” floors for .97 cents and how much should she buy? told her we didn’t have it in the budget, well lets just say she told me we did :-).........Then she wants a picture of the pile of old flooring to put on craigslist to sell, I really didn’t think anyone would want it with all the nail in it yet but someone called within and hour of her placing the add and bought it! Ok back to our floors…...well since we had all the old flooring up I went as fixed all the broken subfloor, and using 1 5/8 screws screwed down every strip on every joist with 2 in each spot. Not as fast as I had hoped but I would never get the chance to do it right again…...

Well I know most, or normal, people don’t like rustic grade flooring….but we loved it…just loved all the different colors and the defects/knot holes where just great…..

well I get going on it and came up with putting ebony, black putty in all the know holes and defects, to many colors to try to match and we saw it as a beauty mark not a defect….weird I know….I put ebony pegs around the fireplace, and on the stair treads, filled all the holes and sanded.

Finish pictures in the next part…....

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 02:49 PM

thank´s for posting
it was proppely only scrinkage of the wood in the old floorboards
we see that a lot here in Denmark in the old houses
good looking floor you two had laydown :-)
and a nice tuch with the ebony pegs :-)

take care

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 03:07 PM

Glad to see I’m not the only one that sees knots and odd grain patterns as beautiful. Personally I would love to lay a room with short board containing nothing but knots and such. Finish it out like you did with a contrasting putty that would make the ridges in those “defects” stand out. It would be just amazing!


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#3 posted 09-01-2010 03:18 PM

William…....defect what defect ha…lol just one more opportunity to make it look better…we did one of the bathrooms with all short boards…i must say it turned out great…...wasn’t so sure at first…..

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 03:29 PM

That is a nice floor! I’d love to have that in my library!!!

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 06:54 PM

Todd, I have to agree with your wife. This was the way to go. I know you would have rather spent the money on a new tool but the new flooring will end up looking fabulous. Installing a new wood floor is a great way to dress up the appearance of the room. I am sure your wife told you the same thing. :)

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 08:35 PM

Great looking floor! I sort of think I would have just put a new floor right on top of the old floor like I did in my previous home in one room. The wood was good in all the other rooms except for one bedroom and I couldn’t remove the wood without also going into the hallway. I just put the wood on an angle matching the angled door way and at the end it looked great. Probably not the correct way to do it but the most economical and labor saving way! It worked for me.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 09-02-2010 02:41 PM

Great job!!!!!!!Floor looks great. You guys did the right thing with taking it out and starting over. Kudo’s to your wife for telling you to get up there. And for being floor smart and finding the rustic floor and for selling the other. Way to go.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 12:32 PM

Thanks to all for the kind word…we are real happy with the way the floor turned out….

Scott…you are right, I really did want to buy a new tile saw, he he he…..and now the floors are the main feature of the house…..

GaryD…..shhhhh don’t let her hear you, I agree, but I can’t let her know….she already thinks she’s the general contractor and I’m the

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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