Thursday, February 23, 2012

Leaving Well Enough Alone

Could we all pause in whatever we're doing and observe a small moment of silence for my original floors, a little tiny piece of which I uncovered today?  See 'em, running perpendicular to the new floor, right next to the gaping hole?  Sigh....They don't look to be that bad, at least not in the 6 or so square inches of flooring I can see.  Still, I suppose (grudgingly, and with regret) that I ought not to tear up the oak flooring we just spent hours and hours sanding in order to uncover another floor that we'll have to spend hours and hours sanding.  Especially not when I don't know what the rest of the original floor looks like.  This might be the only decent spot in the whole thing.  The rest of it could be water-damaged or terribly scarred or missing altogether and replaced with plywood or something.  I mean, this house was apartments for years and years, so the chances that the floors look decent all over are really slim.  Right?  Right.  Yes.  It's better to leave well enough alone.

Except...I had exactly these same fears when I tore off the ugly shingles from the outside of the house.  And that turned out well.  Really well.  Exceedingly well.  In fact, on the whole of the house WTB replaced three clapboards, and then only because a stovepipe hole had been cut in them. 

Something tells me I really wouldn't get that lucky twice.  Right?  Yes.  Right.  Not to mention that tearing up the oak floors now would mean a waste of all the time and money I've spent so far.  Right?  Yes.  Right.  It's better to leave well enough alone.  Isn't it?


  1. I think you should keep the oak floor, I think it looks great.

  2. Can you lift off the top floor boards carefully, so you can replace them if you can't use the original floor?

    Have you spend a lot of money so far on this? I thought you had free labor :-)

  3. I think keep the oak, too. I am living on original and refinished fir floors and the wood was in sorry shape. Bug eaten and then patched with a totally non-matching color so it looks like white wide scribbles down some of the boards. Your oak looks lovely...

  4. Put the the pry bar down and step away from the floors.

  5. Milah, I think the oak's really pretty too. There's not much graining visible in this photo, but there are pieces that look tiger-striped.

    Karen Anne, I might be able to remove the oak without damaging most of it....but it would be very, very time-consuming.

    I haven't spent a whole lot of money on the floors so far, but it's not insignificant. I actually counted it all up today: $150 to rent the sander twice (including the price of the sandpaper), $30 in stain, $6 in tack cloths, about $50 in meals for Charlie, and $55 for a new pair of work boots for him. (He wouldn't let me pay him outright, so I bought that stuff for him.) Total, a little less than 300 bucks. Not counting the ShopVac I bought, which I needed anyhow.

    I don't really know the reason for the hole. I'm guessing someone was going to put an outlet there and then changed their minds. There's an outlet about a foot to the left of this hole. They filled in the gap with a big glob of wood putty. Stupidity abounds.

    Blue Shoe Farm, Thanks for reminding me of what might lie beneath. That's what I'm afraid of.

    Christine, You get the Jiminy Cricket Award today for being my voice of reason. :)