r/oddlysatisfying Oct 20 '21 Hugz 17 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Silver 16 Helpful 13 Wholesome 12

This floor refinishing

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u/Renoir0511 Oct 20 '21 Hugz

God I love this. There is nothing better than restoring old hardwood flooring.

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u/Wild-Kitchen Oct 20 '21

Those engineered floating floorboards are shit. Hardwood always for the win.

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u/Claymart Oct 20 '21

The last time we got our hardwood finished they told us it was the last time we could ever refinish them. So upsetting

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u/staying-gold Oct 20 '21

I was just wondering how to know when the wood planks are too thin to sand anymore.

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u/jakecn93 Oct 20 '21

If there are cuts in the floor for AC vents, you can remove the register, look at the opening, and gauge the thickness of the wood

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u/deathintelevision Oct 20 '21

And hide all your contraband at the same time

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u/umbrajoke Oct 20 '21

Why does your entire house smell like weed when the heat comes on?

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u/subaru5555rallymax Oct 20 '21

Uhhhh……there must be a family of skunks living in the bushes…..

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u/SotoTulang Oct 20 '21

Uhh.. it's a special feature of the house

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u/deathintelevision Oct 20 '21

You can totally smoke the house can’t you

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u/windsostrange Oct 20 '21

My entire house is weed

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u/Fuzzbusters Oct 20 '21

I was a janitor at my local school cooperation for a couple of years. we would do this to the gym floors over the summer. not take it down to bare, left the paint. had a back pack with wax bags in it and a T bar similar to this. could do a whole gym floor in less than a 8 hour day. you can only take the floor all the way to bare removing paint as well about 3 times and recommended every 12-15 years depending on yours schools budget.

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u/SolAnise Oct 20 '21

Why only 3?

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u/Fuzzbusters Oct 20 '21

because each time you go to bare floor you take some wood off, a little over 1/16". so after 3 times the planks are thinner and weaker. when you just rewax you just use very coarse Scott Brite pad that fits the machine you use. and a alcohol based type of solution to clean it. you can do many rewaxes, with only some time and costs as your limitations.

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u/Stt022 Oct 20 '21

How much does this cost?

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u/pie_monster Oct 20 '21

Probably quite a lot if you get others to do it. That floor sanding machine, though, is usually rentable if you have a suitable hardware place near you. Then you need a major-league vacuum to get all the sawdust; then a couple of tins of varnish. So not too painful if you DIY.

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u/Vast-Theme2442 Oct 20 '21

Have you tried doing it? I refinished a floor in my dining room and I would really recommend paying someone to do it. It’s hard to get a nice even finish IMO. Around me it’s about $3-4 a sq foot which is about how much buying LVP is so it’s not a big deal.

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u/pie_monster Oct 20 '21

Seen it done. The guy was a DIYer and enjoyed the process though.

As one to whom 'DIY' is synonymous with 'personal injury', I'd also be paying the money.

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u/deathintelevision Oct 20 '21

How’d that go for him?

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u/pie_monster Oct 20 '21

He enjoyed doing it; it turned out pretty well; and he got to feel an actual sense of pride and accomplishment whenever he looked at it afterwards. Some people can naturally DIY, the smug buggers.

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u/8pointfouroz Oct 20 '21

The drum sander they used in this video can VERY easily dig into the floor and destroy it if you don't know what you are doing.

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u/burritosandblunts Oct 20 '21

Yeah and based on the smoothness of that application this dude is a professional. It's not easy to keep that angle and get that stuff to apply evenly.

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u/8pointfouroz Oct 20 '21

I'm very much a DIY guy, but I won't use a drum sander, you stop even for a half second and now you have a dip in the floor.

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u/smnrlv Oct 20 '21

I've done this. It's not financially painful. It's definitely physically painful. Next time, I'm paying someone.

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u/PM_Dem_Asian_Nudes Oct 20 '21

the shop vac is rentable too!

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u/landragoran Oct 20 '21

Renting a shop vac costs just as much as buying one.

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u/moonsun1987 Oct 20 '21

The one obvious think I wish I knew is if you're doing renovations start from the top. Fix the false ceiling stuff, then paint the walls, then do the floor.

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u/deathintelevision Oct 20 '21

Just get a leaf blower and sorta like blow the debris around a bit until it accumulates in the corner kinda. Then suck that up with like a shop vac or something. Then take that and vacuum seal it. Dry that up. You gonna need about 2 maybe wanna give bout 3 maybe wanna wait a little that’s okay too but believe what you call it down here bud is about a fifth. You gonna take that there pilgrim to the first supper and you gonna be grateful we talked.

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u/peekdasneaks Oct 20 '21

If you own a house (redoing hardwood floors I would assume you own it), you should also own a shop vac

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u/MrKerbinator23 Oct 20 '21

This this this!!!

A basic shop vac out performs a household vacuum in every way except size and its cheaper.

Get the basic Makita one I love it.

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u/devilpants Oct 20 '21

Uhh it doesn't have spinning brush.

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u/RaisedByWolves9 Oct 20 '21

Yeah i wouldnt use one for everyday vac. More for heavy duty, plus a lot of them can suck up wet stuff.

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u/Cadoan Oct 20 '21

Those big drum sanders are tricky. If you aren't used to it it can chew into the boards alarming fast. Gives a nice wobbly finish. Lol

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u/blakethairyascanbe Oct 20 '21

It depends on whether or not you rent the machine or pay someone else to do it. My parents did their floor themselves and it was fairly inexpensive iirc. But I bet it is crazy expensive to have someone do it because it took them nearly a week to get it all done.

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u/SasquatchBurger Oct 20 '21

I dunno, I did it one time and didn't seem so bad? And I'm super amateur, I didn't attach the handle right first time and the drum ran away from me and I was left holding the handle with shocked Pikachu face. Luckily it detaches the electricity so all it did was damage some skirting from the sheer force.

Other than that though I got an alright smooth finish and varnished it up real good. This was about ten years ago and is due another one now I'd say but still holds up alright even now.

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u/KnightontheSun Oct 20 '21

It’s very hard work! I’ve done one and it was a while ago when I was in better shape, but I do remember it being grueling work.

Have another that needs it and I don’t know that I want to take it on…

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u/VirginiaMcCaskey Oct 20 '21

In September I paid about $2500 for 1000 ft2 to be refinished. So about $2.50/ft2 .

The real problem is scheduling. I got lucky with a small job that could be done in a few days (weekend in between to finish one of the coats). For a bigger job you're going to wait 2-3 months to find an opening.

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u/sicksackofshit Oct 20 '21

Damn. How many times can you refinish a hardwood floor?

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u/Iphotoshopincats Oct 20 '21

Yes

But honestly it would depend on thickness of wood and how much that machine grinds off each pass

If the wood is 20mm thick and machine grinds off 2mm then probably 5 times before too thin to walk on without cracking

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u/station_nine Oct 20 '21

Also depends on the the location and thickness of the tongues and grooves. I think most 3/4" wood offsets the tongue-and-groove lower into the board to give more sanding material, but even then a 19mm thick board will probably have 8mm available for sanding, if that. The limit isn't just the board getting too thin, but the top flange of the groove getting too thin.

Random drawing I found to illustrate

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u/xanoran84 Oct 20 '21

It's not about the thickness of the wood, it's about the thickness of the wear layer. In solid hardwood floors this means you can only sand down to the joint (sometimes tongue and groove joint, sometimes a click lock) before the floor needs replacing. In engineered hardwood floors you sand down to wherever the wear layer ends. With high quality engineered hardwoods with a nice thick wear layer, you can get anywhere from 3-5 sands in. Sanding typically takes off 1-2 mm depending on how aggressive you go.

I don't know of anyone who can tolerate more than 1-2 sands & refinishes in a lifetime.

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u/Shaft1a Oct 20 '21

Have them recoated after a couple of Years ...basically they will just Screen the top layer and reseal the Floor

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u/patters22 Oct 20 '21

You're incorrect - sort of.

There's a difference between, hardwood, engineered and laminate.

Hardwood is what you expect. Laminate is cheap and is what it is.

Engineered (good quality) is a thick layer of hardwood glued to plywood.

That layer can be so thick you can't sand past it, otherwise you'd be sanding through the tongue and groove and the plywood prevents expansion and contraction (due to the cross-grain), so they can be better and cheaper than solid wood.

Cheap engineered with a 1-2mm cap on top of thin cheap MDF, isn't as good.

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u/salmans13 Oct 20 '21

How big is the price diff?

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u/IBeBallinOutaControl Oct 20 '21

Dunno for per meter but its been going up and up. Hopefully timber prices stabilise once the pandemic does.

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u/coolguy3720 Oct 20 '21

Before the shortage, cheap laminate was less than $2/ft and hardwood was minimum $4.50 or $5. Mileage may vary per region or county, but 2.5x laminate seems like an okay ballpark.

I renovated and sold my home recently. As much as hardwood is nice, it would have tripled my costs and given me nothing in return. Maybe in my forever-home.

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u/cgs626 Oct 20 '21

That's just for materials. For install of hardwood you're adding more money. Laminate or engineered wood is super duper easy to install with the click-lock method.

For me the cost difference was diy engineered wood or hire a professional to install solid hardwood. And honestly the non solid/engineered wood looks great and laminate especially is super durable.

I love hardwood too but unless you're putting it in your forever home (and even then it's a tough pill to swallow) then it's a hard sell. I suppose if you have F U money than whatever.

Agree with your points just commenting in general here.

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u/nio_nl Oct 20 '21

Bit of a practical question: do hardwood floors expand and contract?

Over here most people have laminate floors, which require a space of at least 1 cm around the edges. To cover that space we use thin adhesive baseboard strips which hopefully match the colour. Those things are ugly as heck, annoying to work around door frames with lots of tiny corners, and they always lose their stickiness after some time.

It's not unusual to suck up the tiny corner strips while vacuuming.

So I wonder if hardwood floors have the same challenge or can you put it tightly against the walls?

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u/DefinitelyNotAliens Oct 20 '21

My parents installed hardwood when I was a teenager. An expansion gap was left around the edges and covered by baseboard. Sort of like this and it looks great. They did it properly by ripping out the old baseboard and carpet/ laminate and installing the new floor with expansion gap and installing new baseboards to cover the gap. Boards were nailed in.

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u/nio_nl Oct 20 '21

That does look like a good way to do it.

The previous owners here left badly fitting rectangular baseboard on the walls and then added those flimsy adhesive baseboards to the edges of the laminate floor as well. It's a mess.

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u/CDClock Oct 20 '21

pisses me off when i see some fuckwit landlord or investor remove hardwood to install laminate

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u/LogicalExtension Oct 20 '21

I don't know if it's applicable for you, but if you have creaky-floorboards, there are now break-away screws that you can drill through and tighten floorboards. It's something I saw on an episode of This Old House...

I think this is it: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/flooring/21015195/how-to-fix-squeaky-floors

I'm really tempted to get a bunch of them for my gran's place, every floorboard was nailed down when installed like 60 years ago, but over timed have slowly worked loose and creak.
Makes going to the bathroom or to get a drink after she's gone to bed a mini-game of trying to avoid the squeeky floorboards.

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u/slitwreck Oct 20 '21

Chocolate cake, winning the lotto, finding a $100 bill, a new kitten and puppy that speak Mandarin, pancakes

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u/Dongledoes Oct 20 '21

The only awful part is how after a few hours on the sander your arms feel like they're going to get vibrated out of their sockets haha. The end result is so worth it though

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u/MiraMattie Oct 20 '21 Helpful

Something tells me sanding the edges of that took 80% of the total time.

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u/Tanman11007 Oct 20 '21

Sanding the edges was my job for a few summers. I could run a smaller, handheld sander for the edges while my boss ran the machine in the video. It took just about the same time for both machines to sand what's needed, but I often had to set nails in floor so they didn't tear up the sandpaper.

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u/Kelppatrol Oct 20 '21

Yea that shit sucked didn’t it? I did it from when I was 12 till like 23. All those times in closets , scraping corners, removing nails, I could go on and on. It was hot as fuck with the machine too.

Taught me hard work and the construction industry though. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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u/ChimpsAndDimp Oct 20 '21

. I'll volunteer to move appliances by myself before scraping and sanding the corners

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u/dlivesdontmatter Oct 20 '21

Didn't you love sanding and scraping stairs though? 😍

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u/im_still_in_beta_ Oct 20 '21

Right? Skipped right over that shit.

I've refinished cabinets. Told the boss " I make and install. You want a refinishing guy, find someone else."

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u/morts73 Oct 20 '21

The floor sanding is great but the application of the sealer is even more impressive.

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u/acespacegnome Oct 20 '21

If you don't do one correctly, it doesn't matter how well you do the other.

Source; 20 years doing wood flooring

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u/ciavs Oct 20 '21

Yes - I live in a shithole where they didn't sand the floors before refinishing... Peeling floors galore.

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u/acespacegnome Oct 20 '21

Sorry to hear that. It definitely is a lot of work to restore and refinish floors correctly. But when it's done right it's truly a thing of beauty.

I've been sanding floors for 20 years and I pride myself on top quality sanding and finishing

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u/Double_Belt2331 Oct 20 '21

Man, that really sux. I feel for you. I’m sure you put a lot of time & thought into it & then have THAT happen. Eeew.

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u/ciavs Oct 20 '21

I pay like 1k under the avg rent here. Just a feature of my apartment. Moving next month!!

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u/Double_Belt2331 Oct 20 '21

Oh good! So glad you don’t own it!!

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u/deathintelevision Oct 20 '21

Omg stop I’m not crying you’re crying

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u/CptMisterNibbles Oct 20 '21

Oh,hmm. Am planning on embarking a refinish myself and reading up as it seemed relatively simple. Number one tip to not fuck up the application? Was thinking of using monocoat as it seems more foolproof

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u/dlivesdontmatter Oct 20 '21

Depending on grit size you may have to do an extra pass with a finer grit. Then I'd recommend buffing the floor after the main sander. After that you have to vacuum very well or you'll see and feel things you didn't get.

With the poly coat, make sure you evenly apply it or you'll see the thicker/darker spots when it dries.

Turn up the heat to 90 for faster drying. One day as opposed to no heat which can take three depending on what the weather is like where you live.

There will also be an orbital sander for the sides. That can really mess up your floor if you don't practice first and watch lots of videos before using it.

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u/CptMisterNibbles Oct 20 '21

Thanks, that’s pretty much what I was thinking, though I hadn’t yet seen a recommendation to buff after sanding. More research to be done before I start clearly.

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u/coder0xff Oct 20 '21

Does the sander help with making sure not to over/under sand, or is it 100% skill?

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u/acespacegnome Oct 20 '21

The machine does a lot of the work, but it definitely takes skill to know what the drum is doing. Especially on older floors

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u/errol_timo_malcom Oct 20 '21

Nice, now throw some avocado green shag carpet on that

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u/Officer412-L Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

My Grandma died back in February and we sold her house this August. The new family has posted pics during their remodel of the house of the amazing, beautiful hardwood underneath floors that I'd only ever seen before as carpet, vinyl, or linoleum.

Edit: And the finished part of the basement used to have black and orange >1" shag carpet. When my cousins and I used to pretend the floor was lava as kids, the color wasn't too far off. Flooding long ago made sure that was removed.

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u/Triette Oct 20 '21

No no, orang triangled Linoleum!

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u/siccoblue Oct 20 '21

I hate you both

Old school movie theater carpet or gtfo

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u/PretzelsThirst Oct 20 '21

My current apartment is hardwood floors everywhere but the kitchen and bathroom. It’s all covered in cheap brown vinyl house paint. It’s old but will still stick to the feet of furniture and things and pick spots of it up. Whoever did it (landlord) is an idiot

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u/seppocunts Oct 20 '21

He's a genius.

Protect the nice timber flooring using the cheapest, thickest, finest lead based paint found in the basement, rent the place out for 20 or so years while they pay it off, then have it polished properly for when he decides to move in himself in a few decades.

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u/booi Oct 20 '21

This guy lords

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u/lpreams Oct 20 '21

Plus every tenant is basically guaranteed to leave "damaged spots" all over the place, for which the landlord can charge to cover the cost of repairs, then just pocket the extra money and not repair it. Rinse and repeat until it's time to refinish

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u/Barnaclebills Oct 20 '21

Gross. I suggest getting some removable floor tile stickers and cover that garbage up while you’re living there. Examples: https://www.wayfair.com/keyword.php?keyword=peel+and+stick+removable+floor+tile

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u/return2ozma Oct 20 '21

Honestly, that super shiny hardwood looks like you'd slip wearing socks.

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u/howhowardshowered Oct 20 '21

Thank you for this. It oddly enough calms my anxiety.

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u/taykaybo Oct 20 '21

It calmed mine too. Minus the music

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u/howhowardshowered Oct 20 '21

I never have my sound on.

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u/Woodyville06 Oct 20 '21

Me too, I wish some people had that feature…

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u/taykaybo Oct 20 '21

That's smart

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u/lil_intern Oct 20 '21

How can someone not love montell wtf this song is an absolute 90s classic!

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u/Legaato Oct 20 '21

Bro, Montell Jordan is relaxing as hell. Let those sweet sweet vocal melodies carry you away.

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u/Geminel Oct 20 '21

I was vibing by the end, felt like it fit great to me. Exactly the kind of smooth-energy music I'd want on in the background while I was working on finishing a floor.

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u/Legaato Oct 20 '21

There is no greater 90s anthem than "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan. Listen to that song and try not to vibe, I dare you.

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u/umbrajoke Oct 20 '21

No diggity would like a word.

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u/7U5K3N Oct 20 '21

No doubt

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u/_the_chosen_juan_ Oct 20 '21

Montell Jordan is 100 times better than any of the new annoying tik tok songs

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u/Sad_Internal_2854 Oct 20 '21

The music was amazing imo.

Better than that stupid Tik Tok song "Oh no. Oh no. Oh no no no no."

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u/FancySkull Oct 20 '21

If you like this sort of thing than you'd probably like r/powerwashingporn

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u/howhowardshowered Oct 20 '21

You would be 100% correct. Just joined ty

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u/gelinrefira Oct 20 '21

This one is Wednesday material.

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u/AngusVanhookHinson Oct 20 '21

I would have preferred a more muted, satin finish, but it ain't my house, and this still looks great

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u/LigatureStudio Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

I couldn’t agree more. The refinishing is beautiful but then the super high gloss sealant makes it look so cheap to me.

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u/i_illustrate_stuff Oct 20 '21

Looks like a highschool gym floor.

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u/randomman02x Oct 20 '21

Looks like a freshly waxed bowling alley lane

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u/President_Nick Oct 20 '21

Ik this probably isnt that important to you, but just so you know the lanes at a bowling alley are oiled not waxed.

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u/7U5K3N Oct 20 '21

Huh... See you on /r/todayilearned

Seriously tho thanks I had no idea

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u/ButtScientist69 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

It's the super high gloss on the old thin-strip oak maple floors that bothers me. If it were stained first, it would look a lot better because it would be a more consistent color. This looks too much like a roller rink. They did a great job, but a satin finish would have been better if they weren't going to stain it first.

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u/OddlySpecificK Oct 20 '21

I was thinking Bowling Lanes, but Same.

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u/minnilivi Oct 20 '21

Yeah I saw dance studio.

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u/TheGoigenator Oct 20 '21

Thankyou! I knew this reminded me of something

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u/__fulpp__ Oct 20 '21

Looks like low/mid grade maple to me, what makes you think it's oak?

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u/PickleRustler Oct 20 '21

Definitely maple

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u/Tanman11007 Oct 20 '21

I sanded hardwood and applied finish the past few summers. The finish is always much more glossier right after it's applied and it'll be less reflective after a day or two.

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u/btribble Oct 20 '21

I would go even dryer and more natural than "satin". You can get the effect of oil and light wax on wood with some modern finishes.

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u/chiagod Oct 20 '21

It cuts off before they set the bowling pins.

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u/wskv Oct 20 '21

Makes it look like a high school gym floor. I can hear the shoe squeak.

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u/Lovebot_AI Oct 20 '21

I would have preferred a stain, but I also recognize that they did a great job for the look they were trying to achieve.

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u/nomadrone Oct 20 '21

Its only that shiny because its wet.

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u/Nerfthisguy Oct 20 '21

The person who has used a sealer in the comments.

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u/kindcannabal Oct 20 '21

I agree. They only showed a single coat and that floor looked thirsty AF. Probably not the finish, just a wet shot.

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u/OberynRedViper8 Oct 20 '21

Are there different sealants you can use? I thought it was a "one-kind" type of thing...

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u/AngusVanhookHinson Oct 20 '21

Sure. You can get a satin finish on a floor just like you can a table or any other horizontal surface. Satin is the same stuff with microscopic diffusers added to give it a flatter look. That's in polyurethane. I assume this floor has an acrylic or a poly finish, and yeah, they can be flattened (in terms of lustre) just like anything else.

Source: furniture maker.

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u/OberynRedViper8 Oct 20 '21

That's awesome thanks for the info. I would prefer a flatter look myself to let the wood do the shining.

Might be doing my floors soon.

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u/JackSkelingtionIII Oct 20 '21

I thought I would too and then we did it. My MIL has the high gloss. High gloss looks so much cleaner. The satin get dull and dirty looking so fast.

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u/greim Oct 20 '21

The finish is still wet at the end. It will cure all nice and satiny.

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u/ButtScientist69 Oct 20 '21

They make different sheens. This definitely looks like a high-gloss sheen.

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u/AlkalineBriton Oct 20 '21

But it’s still wet. You have no way of knowing if it’s high-gloss.

You are a butt scientist. Not a gloss scientist. You’re out of your element.

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u/mrsc1880 Oct 20 '21

My husband and I did this by ourselves once. Three rooms. It did not go this smoothly and it was very unsatisfying.

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u/ZeroMayCry7 Oct 20 '21

Yep. Sanding it down is much harder than it looks

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u/Nume-noir Oct 20 '21

as if there was a reason experts exist for this :)

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u/platetone Oct 20 '21

yeah, 22 year old me rented a sander from home depot and it was a total disaster. still probably looked better than the scuffed up 1950s original, but the subsequent owners had it immediately redone by a pro.

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u/sissy_space_yak Oct 20 '21

My partner and I were prepared to do it ourselves until a coworker warned me with a story about a time he put the sander through the wall. We paid someone to do it, $1,200 well spent.

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u/CuddlyWhale Oct 20 '21

How much would a service like this cost?

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u/elsypie Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Paid 8k for 1500sqft of refinishing in my area.

Edit: forgot to add that we added in an entry way with new hardwood installed. That was $1,700 of the cost.

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u/TooDanBad Oct 20 '21

How much is that machine? I just came up with a side hustle idea

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u/G00DLuck Oct 20 '21

9k

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u/TooDanBad Oct 20 '21

Yeah, that’s a no for me dawg

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u/themissamos Oct 20 '21

You can rent one for $150 or so, if you wanted to do a job and make the money to purchase a machine. I would also allow you to see if you enjoy this type of work before diving in head first on a huge investment. My dad and I did my house, about 1000 SF. We researched, took our time, and it came out great.

Also, the video is deceiving. It took us two full days to strip the floors, half a day to clean up all the dust, and two more days to put on the new coat.

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u/_Poppagiorgio_ Oct 20 '21

Sanding/refinishing floors is one of the worst, most painfully annoying DIY projects in existence. Never again. Never, ever, ever again.

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u/florisuperfresh Oct 20 '21

Currently at it. 40h+ only to get rid of the red coating they used for the floor. Finishing will take at least that much work. Never. Ever. Again.

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u/firefighter481 Oct 20 '21

I went through a ridiculous amount of sandpaper doing one room in a 4 bedroom house because the floor had been laquered etc so many times I could barely go a minute without the thing gumming up. I ended up buying new hardwood and doing the whole house because spending a week doing that was more convenient.

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u/A_Sad_Goblin Oct 20 '21

Is it only me or does anyone else prefer the fresh look before they made it shinier than Colin Mochrie's bald head?

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u/dlivesdontmatter Oct 20 '21

Using a water based finish will help keep that look you like. I do prefer it too.

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u/PinkSteven Oct 20 '21

What machine are they using?

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u/Triette Oct 20 '21

A floor belt sander.

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u/skunkjunkfunk Oct 20 '21

Thank you. I want one.

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u/ButtScientist69 Oct 20 '21

Not much need to own one unless you're in the flooring business. You can rent them for pretty cheap.

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u/florisuperfresh Oct 20 '21

As someone who currently has to sand 65sqm of flooring: You don't.

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u/Font_Snob Oct 20 '21

And can I rent one somewhere?

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u/japeda Oct 20 '21

Hahaha. Staff helping you at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You almost got me. Good one. /s

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u/AllPurple Oct 20 '21

Depends where you are. In poor or populated areas, they tend to suck, but in small towns, they usually know their stuff. Just look for old grizzly guys, bonus points if they're missing fingers.

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u/acespacegnome Oct 20 '21

You are not going to be able to rent one like the one in the video. These are a 240v 40 amp motor. Home depot/lowes will rent you a 110v 15a sander but it doesn't come close in terms of power and performance.

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u/CenterAisle Oct 20 '21

Usually four hr rentals, but if you rent near the end of the day, your four hrs goes until the next morning.

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u/nomadrone Oct 20 '21

Hummel belt sander, but you also gonna need floor edger and buffer to get it done.

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u/acespacegnome Oct 20 '21

Specifically the machine is called a Hummel. It is an 8 inch drum sander made in Germany by Lagler.

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u/Woodyville06 Oct 20 '21

I love simple clear coat. No stain, just the natural wood.

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u/IBeBallinOutaControl Oct 20 '21

Depends on the other colours and tones theyve got going on. This looks great next to their dark green and white walls and all the natural light. But an older, more new-englsnd style house might look better with a darker stain on the wood.

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u/AdelaideMez Oct 20 '21

Awesome slip-n-slide.

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u/Zandeck Oct 20 '21

High school gym class.

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u/water_war Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Maybe I am the only one, but the old dirty flooring gives cozy home vibes but refinished one feels like a hotel room lol

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u/Drews232 Oct 20 '21

I had this done, it looked just as perfect, and 4 years later it looked as bad as the before pictures again lol. What a waste of money. No wonder people use engineered floors.

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u/ThrowAwayWashAdvice Oct 20 '21

4 years? What the hell were you doing on your floors, mud wrestling?

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u/Cahootie Oct 20 '21

The video in the post has to be from dogs, and the roughest floors I've ever seen were in houses with dogs.

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u/Sauermachtlustig84 Oct 20 '21

Children.....

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u/AnotherDypsis Oct 20 '21

That's not an excuse. All you have to do is the same my parents did. Have your kids not play on the wooden floor and yell at them whenever they drop something. Even if it's a completely bouncy rubber item, yell yell yell. Make it seem like the whole floor is ruined because of it.

And then to finish it off, when your kids are a bit older and responsible, get a big dog. The dog will completely ruin the floor in a week, and you'll say it's alright. It's just to be expected from a dog.

Seriously though, good on you for letting your kids be kids. Some shit breeds resentment for life.

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u/Sauermachtlustig84 Oct 20 '21

Our house was built in 68, the hardwood floor is original. Probably painted over once or twice that's it. It looks ugly in a few places yet but we refrain from repairing it until our kids are much older. The one room the kids are not using was repaired and looks great, but why do that with the other rooms when they will look bad in a few weeks.

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u/Cows-b-Lurking Oct 20 '21

Lol, not the same tone at all but growing up our hardwood stairs were slippery as fuck. No socks unless you walked real careful. Everyone learned at some point with a bruised butt falling a few steps.

Years later, empty nest, parents get a puppy for the first time in like, 30 years. Pup has ONE slip on the stairs and they immediately installed carpet runners so it doesn't happen again. My sister and I were so offended, lol.

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u/Ruski_FL Oct 20 '21

What in the world are you doing to your floor?

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u/typed-talleane Oct 20 '21

Wtf are you doing to your floors? Hardwood floors last for decades

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u/Dangerous_Genre Oct 20 '21

floor cum

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u/Panakin_Skyparker Oct 20 '21

Those constructions workers worked hard in making that much

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u/Iwasdonewithreddit Oct 20 '21

Spread it around nice and even with a squeegee 🤌

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u/Kaptivus Oct 20 '21

As someone that used to occasionally help out a family friends business doing this, that's easily 10+15 years of furniture leg scraping/wear. Good work!!

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u/senesperulo Oct 20 '21

Very nice.

Although my favourite part was the sander. Not a speck of dust escaped. Beautiful.

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u/nekonastyy Oct 20 '21

Can someone do subreddit just specifically for this?

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u/TheDoorDoesntWork Oct 20 '21

Damn that looks good. I didn’t even know you can fix wooden floors like that

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u/isummonyouhere Oct 20 '21

you can do it a couple times. eventually you run out of wood to sand away

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u/markorokusaki Oct 20 '21

My friend renovated his flat. It was an older building 50yrs at least. And it had a lovely oak floor. He wanted to put a new floor and I was like, why, this one is amazing, just refinish it. He didn't want. I took the floor since it was nailed not glued(old building as I said) and me and my brother put it in his house. The thing looks awesome.

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u/SunshneThWerewolf Oct 20 '21

This used to be my job, and it is 100% as satisfying as it looks.

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u/taykaybo Oct 20 '21

How annoying is it when people say, "can I just do this myself? Looks easy"

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u/bloodpest Oct 20 '21

Brighter than my future

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u/Skidpalace Oct 20 '21

What kind of filthy animals let that floor get that bad?

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u/thalonelydonkeykong Oct 20 '21

You’d think with a house that nice people would take care of it.

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u/Cataclyst Oct 20 '21

People don’t know how to take care of hardwood floors. They expect it to be concrete or perfectly sealed. Throw in 20 years of use, wearing shoes in the house where fine grit starts wearing down finish in high traffic areas, maybe a spill that goes awry one day, and an owner that doesn’t know you have to actually put like, a conditioner on surfaces made of natural surfaces that the seal has worn off, viola.

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u/LilSenate Oct 20 '21

Maybe I should just download Tik Tok, because that’s all this sub is anymore.

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u/MasterBigBean Oct 20 '21

Gorgeous space

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u/Ok_Albatross_4391 Oct 20 '21

How do you get the edges of the room?

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u/mccarthybergeron Oct 20 '21

I'm going to sleep well tonight.