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    01-29-2013, 01:20 PM
SR, sounds like you and the HW floors have a love/hate relationship. =b
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    01-29-2013, 01:28 PM
Naw, it's mostly just hate. LOL!
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    01-30-2013, 09:59 AM
I should take a pic of our floors it will make all of yours look PERFECT!!! Our bedroom is wide plank pine baords that we refinished with a hardening top coat. The boards are still so soft that the dogs claws have already knicked the h*** out of it. Then you move into the living room, which has hardwood....Except there is a 1" gap between the bedroom floor & living room floor that someone has glued slivers of hardwood in to try and fill. Double

Then the hardwood is warped, uneven, and has up to 1/8" gaps, some was finished some wasn't (not like they just went up to a rug and stopped, but actual patches). Then in the middle of the room it's a mixture of barn boards, pine planks, and hardwood strips. That we covered w/ carpet, but even with 2 layers of carpet pad, is still crazy uneven.

From the living room, you move into the kitchen...which is 3/4" higher than the living room and laminated flooring. It's not to bad, except it's not straight, and has some pretty big gauges out of it, which of course drive me up the wall.

Off the kitchen is our only bathroom, which is tiled. And also 1/2" taller than the kitchen floor. Whoever did the tile didn't do tooo bad, BUT they didn't use the right backer board or water proof grout. So on my list somewhere (it's a REALLY long list) is to re-grout the bathroom).

But this is last weeks project. There's a bookshelf where the basement door used to be. It was covered in velveteen contact paper. So I decided to clean it really well, as it had become a catch all. I was vacuumimg it out, since that's really the only way to clean it, and discovered that the contact paper was actually where the funky odor had been coming from (we always thought it was our old mutt, but it was also the shelf). So I started ripping the contact paper off, figuring I would just give it a fresh coat of paint (I'm a slow learner, when it comes to our house. I keep having hope SOMETHING was done correctly). WRONG!!!! It was built with mismatched scraps of wood & being held together with duct-tape and the contact paper. Once the paper was removed, you could see the basment!!

Cheesecake to whoever makes it thru my novel!! And without further ado, he's the shelf....
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    01-30-2013, 10:11 AM
That looks great busy! Even though most of those kinds of projects are a giant pita, it's so worth it when finished and they look new. I can totally relate on the level thing, I don't think there was a single thing that was level in this house.
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    01-30-2013, 10:56 AM
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One of our little house dogs (Puggy) thinks that going out in the cold/wet to pee is an affront so by way of making a statement she often comes back in a pees - seems to soak into the wood floor and smells - I think tiles might work better!!!
I got knee pads and then went back to kneeling on a pillow as they didnt feel right
Our house never seems level either - it seems to shrink and expand according to the weather so doors will stick and cracks appear and then go again
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    01-30-2013, 11:48 AM
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My old house sounds like your old house Busy!
I have to be very careful what I try to remove or fix, lest I end up with another hole leading to somewhere… like the holes that my kid could fit through in the floor going straight to the basement! (shhh he doesn't know about it, covered it with a bookshelf.

All of my walls were (some are still) covered in that hideous 1970 dark paneling. (Yeah… it’s that bad....)
Well, when I went to rip it down to uncover the drywall beneath, boy did I find a mess! Some of the walls are so badly un-plum there are nailer strips to hold up the paneling, and on other walls, mostly exterior, someone took a hammer and punched holes all through the drywall exposing the insulation.
Yup, just random holes everywhere, say 8 or 10 per wall and because the walls are not even close to being level or flat, it has been a bear to patch. The patches keep cracking anyway and I’m tired of making patches, so I have decided to paint over the paneling and go for the “country cottage” look. (as if I have a choice )

My plank floors also have the huge gaps between the boards. Because it is both the floor and sub floor, stuff falls through the cracks and into the basement. I’ll go down to get something from the freezer or do laundry and find random toys all over the place. I’m the only person I know who has to vacuum the cracks in the floors.
However, I have finally learned if I let the cracks fill up with dirt...I will find less toys in the basement!

Anyway, I snapped these of the floor today...

This is the color I was going for, and the color the floor is around the outer edges of the rooms where I couldn't sand everything up.


This is one of many beat up areas.


And this is where the floor did sand up well, and stained nicely, but the low toxic stuff just didn't last.
So, I have tri-toned floors with cheap vinyl stuff in the kitchen.
    01-30-2013, 11:58 AM
Lockwood, well now you know someone else who has to vacuum the cracks in the floor, lol.

We still have plaster & lathe = more holes than I care to count. And I'm pretty sure you could open a Toys R' Us with all the toys that have fallen into the heating ducts
    01-30-2013, 01:02 PM
LOL! I vacuum cracks in floors too, especially upstairs - like a typical old house they used lesser quality wood in the bedrooms and they catch lots of stuff in the cracks. When we tore down the plaster walls & ceiling in the downstairs living room the treasures that fell from the ceiling were rather interesting! Lots of beads, barbie shoes (some mine from when I was kid, some DD's) crochet hook, and 2 motorcycle license plates from the 30s.

Plaster & lathe is horrible stuff. After we took down the first of it and I burned the lathe boards, holy heck did it give me nightmares. I can't wait until all of it is officially gone. I've never seen anything burn so hot and fast.
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    01-30-2013, 03:08 PM
I DETEST the stuff. What really gets me to this day is that when we were looking at the house, a lot of holes where stratigically covered with furniture, posters, etc. as well as how many new ones appeared as the old owners moved out.

I just have this overwhelming urge to borrow one of the big dozers from work and have an "accident" LOL
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    01-30-2013, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Seriously, I'm thinking of putting laminate down and calling it good. Whoever gets the house after I drop dead can pull it up and refinish that danged hardwood!
Area rugs are your friends I know someone who had beat up old floors to deal with and she sanded the rough areas and then painted the floor and it looked darn fine when she finished. They used rugs in the high traffic areas.

P.S. I love wood floors - one of these years I will succeed in getting mine own.

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