Farmhouse Renovation | Floor Leveler Gone Wrong



hey pretty baby am I in your way coz you walk down so fast yesterday no I don't hear to stay though I don't think you here to stay so tell me what you want tell me me all the reasons that you I Sara and I are stopping at the house it's the day after we poured today's Sara's birthday big 35 looks flat oh it didn't cure very good did it it's got a lot of bumps in it I don't see how I could have done it any differently not very impressed with the whole thing like it is really bumpy right here right through here and they're bumping and Ripley do you think when you wanted to more I don't I think that I'm gonna sand it to get it flat to where I don't feel like office stuff it's like right here hi man that sucks yeah that's hard not to be really disappointed I mean I needed to fill in that spot I know that I did but now I'm just gonna stand it to work better we'll just chalk it up as experience and maybe I'll do better next time I don't know so tell me what you want tell me how you want in high school I remember in one of my teachers rooms they had this big math that was of a certain state I can't remember what state but it was it was made out of plastic and it showed the mountain ranges and I always thought it was so cool because it was so it was three-dimensional you could see the way the mountains ran into each other in the way the rivers cut through which is really cool it's one of the memories I have from you know middle school well my floor looks just like that the first pour that was around this tub poured perfectly it's extremely flat all the way around and then it looks like every pore after that when it dried it it just settled and left a ton of these valleys and ridges I have been sanding this for two hours and I don't think I'm making any bit of a difference the answer might be to try to skim coat the top of this I just don't know that's the problem I am extremely disappointed because I was really looking forward to maybe putting down some tile pretty soon and this seems like it's really set me back so many people surprised I do value my time a little bit and I can't I cannot fathom the idea of sanding this floor for as long as I think it's gonna take to get it to flat with my sander so I gotta do something I'm really hoping a big floor sander is my ticket but that's it this is as bad as it can get this is as bad as it's been for me this is the biggest issue that we've had since we've started this project can't even begin to Express how disappointed I am but I know that it's fixable so I just got to find I got to find how to fix it if any of you have good suggestions let me know I'll see you all later

25 Comments

  • Alexie Aaron

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent ideas below. All I have is a hug.

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  • Vickie Mama

    April 15, 2019

    Awww…this is not good but I think you've seen worse..remember the insulation..you got this Lucas!

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  • Cindy Jahnke

    April 15, 2019

    Your pants you wore for sanding look like you were channelling your inner Wabi Sab E.?

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  • the op kingdom

    April 15, 2019

    Hang in there. We're all rooting for you!

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  • David Heady

    April 15, 2019

    Happy birthday Sarah! Nice intro, Ive had table saws launch stuff back at me in high school and to this day they scare the crap out of me!

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  • hmcc08901_MissHelen

    April 15, 2019

    Happy birthday Sarah?

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  • Wolfie 367

    April 15, 2019

    Just remember that you will be putting ditra and tile over it. You may have some high spots to knock down but if you have little pits or valleys you can fill it with thinset to smooth it out when you put down your ditra. You probably won’t get it perfect but as long as it’s flat and smooth enough to move on to the next step it will work out.

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  • lamismisima

    April 15, 2019

    happy bday, sarah! i hope u all had the best time ♥️

    today (apr 6) is my nieces' bday and her name is sara. she's 20 today. I was 20 when she was born. so, special bdays all around.

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  • lemondrizzlecake

    April 15, 2019

    Wow, sanding down concrete does NOT sound fun. Hang in there, I'm sure you'll find a way to fix this!
    Also, baby's all grown up!! Oh my, she's a little lady already!
    And happy belated birthday to Sarah 🙂 Hugs to you all <3

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  • Debbie M

    April 15, 2019

    I am so sorry about your mountainous floor. Bummer! But I had to laugh at your bloopers – and believe me, I felt your pain: When we first got our place I had been unsuccessfully trying to pry a horizontal beam loose (none supporting of course!) that was basically hung up with nails about 6 1/2 ft up a wall. Picture an overzealous wife trying to get some stuff done in the old barn while hubby is at work. Anyway, I had jammed a mega pry bar up there and finally in frustration I hung my whole body weight on it in one desperate jerking move – and BAM – the beam broke free and the heavy steel pry bar bashed the top of my head in. Down to the floor I went, seeing stars and feeling the warm trickle of blood down my face. I had a champion goose egg as a scalp decoration for a week. But at least I didn't land too hard – the concrete floor broke my fall…

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  • Lesley Harris

    April 15, 2019

    Hi, wishing you all the best, and a big ass sander, we're doing ours today with levelling compound, wish us luck, we've only done this once.

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  • Julie Nickerson

    April 15, 2019

    Well, at least they ain't Toronto Maple Leafs jammies. I'm confident that you will find a solution to the floor, you usually do. Happy birthday Sarah!

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  • alison webster

    April 15, 2019

    aww sorry ,buck up and enjoy Sarah's special day…it will still be there tomorrow….fresh day and fresh eyes…

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  • Tracy McLaughlin Holmes

    April 15, 2019

    Happy birthday Sara!
    This could be worse, you are really good at seeing the positive in an icky situation. In my experience long as the hills and valleys aren't too dramatically different this is all fixable with the amount of mud you place below the tiles. Half inch differences aren't a big deal more than an inch or more should be addressed before installing the tile. They make pre-mixed floor leveler in a bucket. It's thick and you trowel it on. For smaller areas that's probably the best way to correct the issue utilizing the least amount of time.

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  • Renee P

    April 15, 2019

    First, I must say that just about killed me when the saw kicked back that board and it hit your chest! OMGOODNESS! I don’t remember you sharing that. What a nice surprise to see Sarah on her birthday! Happy Birthday! And baby girl too! She’s beautiful, just like her mommy! I hate to see you so discouraged. I have no doubt you’ll figure it out. Blessings…

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  • Nolan yoyo

    April 15, 2019

    What you need is a angle grinder with a diamond cup. If you cut too deep you can just fill it in. It cuts like butter!

    https://www.amazon.com/KSEIBI-644052-Super-Turbo-Diamond/dp/B01N0PWXH3?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01N0PWXH3

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  • Leo Wondergem

    April 15, 2019

    Happy birthday Sarah. Try to look at the bumpy floor as all the times you rose and fell to get to this age. It's pretty bumpy, but things can get smoothed out. I hope you guys day goes better after this.

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  • Petra de Ruiter

    April 15, 2019

    I am so sorry, at first it look good. I have no solution. A hug for you ??

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  • Salmoneggs85

    April 15, 2019

    use an angle grinder with a masonry disc to get it as smooth as possible and then put the tile down- the mortar will fill in any low spots. This really isn’t as difficult as your making it…

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  • D. Burgg

    April 15, 2019

    Bummer….but YOU can fix it!!! Hang tough.?. ?for your wife!

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  • Sandra Nokes

    April 15, 2019

    Best advice I can think of is, ask a concrete person. Might save you time and money.

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  • Arkine13

    April 15, 2019

    Oh, man, that kick back on the table saw looked so painful. I'm sure that mark stayed with you for a while. Floor sander sounds like a good plan. Maybe a thin layer to try and even out some of the valleys? I'll definitely have to see what solution you come up with, considering I'll probably be using some floor leveler in the near future too. Might be a bit of mental anxiety over this, but at least it doesn't require a trip to the hospital! 😉

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  • Don B

    April 15, 2019

    Hang in there brother. You did the right thing in walking away from it for a while. Give yourself time to recharge. I find when I try to push things they only get worse. The answer will come to you eventually.

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  • Kim Paynter

    April 15, 2019

    Poor guy there is no failure when you try !!! You have some great ideas from others that’s is for sure !!! We got your back !! Take a break you need it !!’ Then move forward !!! You guys have the dream that’s for sure , so this weekend go blow bubbles and try to freeze them have fun ???❤️❤️❤️

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  • Gerard Campbell

    April 15, 2019

    You will figure it out and move on. We all have faith in you, take from it and figure out your next move. The concrete grinder would make short work of what you have to do there, like they said below.

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