Our floor 'broke' so I decided to repair it...

  1. I wish I could go back in time, monopolize the production of linoleum and wallpaper, and let the industries die. It should be a capital offense to do any kind of homw project where you can simply layer over your past mistakes.

  2. It may not be the most exciting project on this sub, but it looks like you did it well and there's a lot of satisfaction in fixing something that needs fixing - especially something in your home that you have to deal with every day. I hope you've been enjoying the improvement :) And I really enjoyed the commentary!

  3. I appreciate seeing this sort of thing as it steps through the entire process in a lot of detail, and is something I would never have thought to look for but can 100% see happening sometime in my house. So now I know.

  4. I rarely stop by when I see this sub pop up but something about a mundane repair job was satisfying and fun to see.

  5. Glad you got it done, and I’m glad the kids got to play outside. That is so unusual today. By the way, for the drill, countersink and screw, PorterGable has a flip tool to make that process much easier, although two drills is very handy. I like using screws also, but I’m a little surprised no one said you should have used nails as they will allow the wood to move as it heats/cools, collects moisture/dries. Good luck replacing the carpet in the next 5 to 10 years.

  6. I can't wait for the Reddit thread in 2049 when someone looks at the floorboards in the corner of the room, gets excited, removes the rest of the carpet and finds this patch of boards in the middle with short lengths and screws 😭

  7. I did toy with the idea of taping a memory stick under one of the new floorboards with these photos on it but I realised that the person most likely to be taking them up would be me ;_________;

  8. If there’s anything I’ve learned from remodeling old houses is that 60% of the time it’s always asbestos.

  9. When we found 9in tiles in our 60s house after ripping up the carpet I called a few removal companies and they all told me basically the same thing:

  10. At the rate these projects come along (and I have time to finish them) you'd get an update every 18 months. So it's probably easier if I just knock on your door with a photo album under my arm.

  11. Thank you! I took on a HUGE project 2 months after this one and I'm delighted to report I bought THREE new buckets!

  12. You can get self countersinking screws too. Though that doesn’t help with pilot holes…I try to use small diameter or non splitting screws

  13. This is from spring 2020 and while it's not hugely exciting (especially as before and afters go) I always enjoy documenting my DIY projects so thought I'd share the progress.

  14. Good job on the repair. I wouldn't know if you had done it completely wrong, but I was amused and I learned some stuff. My two favorite things!

  15. Loved the commentary. I was reading it all in the Technology Connections guys voice until you said £200 then I realized you're not American and it screwed up all my imagination.

  16. This will work okay (50% jank reduction) but anybody else looking to do something similar should consider using a subfloor sheet product like plywood or OSB in the correct thickness. Various grain direction makes attachment near the edges a lot stronger over time where is solid wood is more prone to split in such short runs from traffic. It will also be prone to creaking so subfloor glue should be used. Despite being tongue and groove this is a subfloor, from a time prior to sheet goods becoming standard construction materials. She goods will also float a certain amount of planar discrepancy and framing but if you do need to make adjustments you always adjust framing (plane down a high joist) you never take a bite out of the back of a finish material unless you absolutely have to.

  17. Good to know! It honestly wouldn't have even crossed my mind to patch this with sheet goods. Although I don't think I'd ever want to take any stock off the original 1930s joists!

  18. An alternative when cutting that dado would have been to adjust the height of the mitre and just cut paralells along the with of the dido. Usually a pretty quick operation.

  19. Yes, I think you're right, although I must confess every time I've tried to cut a dado with a saw (table or mitre), I've always messed it up, so I think I'd need some more practise.

  20. Came for the photo of the mysterious floor dent, stayed for the amazing storytelling. I read bits out to my wife! Bravo 💪

  21. This was a delight. I spent most of the past two years trapped with two teenagers in my elderly house with unfinished renovations during the lockdowns. It was not better than if they were little.

  22. Good work, and good job on the comments lol. I was interested in seeing how the job turned out and also reading the descriptions.

  23. My house used to be owned by someone whose grandson laid concrete for a living. So everything that was damaged - walls, ceiling, stairs, etc. were “fixed” with concrete. Floorboards water-damaged from a washing machine leak? Concrete. Stairs cracking? Concrete. With a nice outer radius that made the flat part of the steps incredibly short. Ceiling damaged from water leak? Concrete. One chunk of that fell off the ceiling early in our time in the house and punched a hole all the way through a table under it in the middle of the night. Impressive.

  24. Excellent work,, and I truly enjoyed this. You are such a talented writer, and so entertaining! Thank you for brightening my day.

  25. The write up was amazing. Thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only who has projects go this way. RIP pink bucket.

  26. The whole section was just horribly uneven. Where the concrete/mortar had crumbled, some sections pushed down and some poked up, it was a constantly shifting landscape.

  27. Great post. Curious if you would ever consider going to hardwood in lieu of carpet? Wood looks great!

  28. I love wooden floors and I think they would look fantastic in our house BUT we have two small(ish) kids and a labrador and honestly, the amount of times they've each fallen over on *carpet*, I cannot begin to imagine how they'd fair on wood. Once the kids are a little older, I'll definitely consider it!

  29. This was an adventure, full of ups and downs and jokes along the way. Well done all around except for Jane and Sam.

  30. I once saw a bathroom where you'd open the door (outward swing) and there was a 5" step into the bathroom. That 5" was almost a dozen layer of flooring.

  31. I was very emotionally invested in reading this. When is the book coming out? And more importantly, who will play you and Bucket(s) in the movie adoption?

  32. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Lots of fun. You did a really nice repair, honestly if that carpet didn't suck I would say leave the strip. It really doesn't look all that bad. It could be a feature!

  33. Sigh. Was waiting for some damn hidden treasure under those boards, but NOOOOOO, just a well done revamp of flooring and an entertaining writeup by OP. Dammit.

  34. I'm a little surprised you didn't rip the old floorboards in half and use them as the battens. Maybe there's a good reason not to do that.

  35. I've been ignoring a similar spot on my floor since we bought our house. This gives me courage to finally open it up and fix it.

  36. No cracks in the ceiling? My first thought with seeing the bricks is they removed something load bearing. Which is fine, if they fixed up the ceiling correctly when they did the work. The filler work in the floor would make me suspicious.

  37. It's weirdly nice to see a UK DIY project, I replaced one floorboard once so I'm a bit of an expert in these things (a bit worried you TREATED the floorboards, wait, was I supposed to do that? On the other hand an emotional journey was had by all and I'm looking forward to the next project.

  38. As a flooring guy I have to say good job. It's too bad you have to live with the old carpet after all that but I get it, new carpet is expensive. A little bit of advice: if you do replace your carpet with a berber or commercial grade carpet, stay away from the foam padding. It only tends to make the carpet wrinkle faster. Felt pad would be better and not break down as fast if at all.

  39. What a great read. Top notch comments on each photos. I approve of the getting rid of kids photos for the wood pile. So beautiful, much impress.

  40. That was some risky shit. This is one of those jobs where you remove the 5" wide, 7' long strip that is the problem, only to discover another 8" wide 7' long problem and before you know it, you have demolished and rebuilt the entire house. LOL

  41. What an intruguing tale! I started for the mystery divot, was hooked by the cardboard and pink bucket, and thoroughly enjoyed the narration and humor!

  42. Nicely done. I was going to comment that you should have sistered new joists onto the existing ones but you did that. Well done. I would consciously enjoy walking across that area every time and not noticing any flex.

  43. This was quite the enjoyable journey! I was confused on what skirting board was. To us American folk, they're baseboards! What a silly thing to leave under the floor. Sam and Jane were trolling the future.

  44. It was like Pop-Up Videos invaded our beloved DIY and their magnificent brainchild was mesmerizing. Great work, love the spirit.

  45. As someone who's just moved from a 2010s flat with concrete floors into a 30s bungalow with squeaky floorboards I'm glad to see it's possible to DIY any of the many squeaky boards.

  46. I like these posts because they're extremely practical and very doable for the average DIY'er. You also did things I would have never known/thought of if I attempted this myself, such as letting the wood acclimate. I have a couple questions.

  47. So the 'middle' joist was originally at the edge of the wall in the original room layout. For whatever reason it was slightly higher than the joist next to it in the same room, it just wasn't obvious when the original boards were laid on top. Because I was spanning the two rooms, I discovered that this height discrepancy meant the boards I was fitting would only sit flush to the (now centre) joist, meaning they would rock. I opted to take the 2mm off the boards so they would sit flush with the joists either side.

  48. My favorite part of this, admittedly impressive work, is that your notched very board instead of hitting the joist with a belt sander or plane.

  49. Oh no not at all! The brand is "Evolution", which is a relatively cheap make that you can pick up from most UK hardware stores. I think the RRP on this saw, with stand, was £150GBP (just under $200USD) when it came out. Still an incredible gift though!

  50. You did all that hard work and still kept that decrepit carpet? I feel depressed just looking at it and thinking about how I'd feel waking up to that every day.

  51. To reiterate, it was lockdown & we needed to use the room. Not to mention I couldn’t afford new carpet as well. It will get replaced, just not yet!

  52. It appears that the original remodel removed a wall that used to sit on that brick foundation. I would make certain that it wasn’t carrying any load. Anytime I find questionable workmanship it raises a red flag to find out what else was done at the same time. Ceiling joists typically run the same direction as the floor joists which is a good indication that they weren’t being supported by the wall that isn’t there anymore but it’s good to know what you’re dealing with.

  53. Loved this! Usually I look at some pics and read just a few of the comments describing everything, but your I read it all and was very entertaining! Loved the bucket bit! Lol

  54. Funny post. I've dealt with neanderthal cobbled shit together before to so I empathize, but bro, that carpet looks like ass.

  55. you understand that for a miter saw you have to give your in return (1) instance of hiding a body, no questions asked, minimum of complaining right? like in IOU form

  56. Nice repair, amazing to see all the little annoyances along the way. Wild that the floor joist was higher, you definitely took the longer but safer route!

  57. Never before has replacing a floor even this entertaining - thank you. I too would be bitching and making sarcastic remarks the whole time.

  58. Thanks OP. That's some great storytelling. Never thought a story about a man, some floorboards, carpet and a couple of buckets could be so darn entertaining!

  59. Definitely says Joanne. Solid writeup! I almost didn’t want it to end and we go on an adventure together fixing everything wrong in your house, then the neighbors house, then the town, then the country, THEN THE WORLD…

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