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Ripples in hardwood floor

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Just had a wood floor sanded and finished and there are many obvious ripples in the floor from the sander that can be seen.  What causes this, is it acceptable or how much is acceptable and can it be fixed easily.


 


Thanks


 

(post #106595, reply #1 of 6)

One of the current styles in flooring is the hand scraped look, where the floor has long shallow random gouges.  If you don't like that look, then you should not be able to see any ripples in the surface.

"Put your creed in your deed."   Emerson


"When asked if you can do something, tell'em "Why certainly I can", then get busy and find a way to do it."  T. Roosevelt

"Put your creed in your deed."   Emerson

"When asked if you can do something, tell'em "Why certainly I can", then get busy and find a way to do it."  T. Roosevelt

(post #106595, reply #2 of 6)

What causes it is less than a good quality sanding job (I assume you're talking about deep hollows caused by the drum sander?)


Only you can decide if it is acceptable, we can't see it from here.  it probably wouldn't be in my house or in my jobs. Hope you did not pay too much for it.


It can't be fixed easily. To fix it would involve sanding these hollows out, depending how deep they are vs how much wood is left, it may not be feasible at all.

(post #106595, reply #3 of 6)

Ditto what sharpblade said.


Jim


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Never underestimate the value of a sharp pencil or good light.

(post #106595, reply #4 of 6)

Every floor will have some imperfections.  Get close enough and you'll see them. 


Unfortunately, the "standard" floor finish acceptable in the trades is rather rough.  Fortunately, it won't look too bad once it's been walked on a bit and scuffed up.


Unless you and them had an agreement that the floor will be above average, it won't be.


Luckily, the squeaky wheel gets the grease and call the owner and say it's not acceptable.  (you didn't pay him everything yet have you?)   He'll say to live with it a month and they'll come back if it still bothers you, hoping you'll forget about it and not call back.


You may have to be careful since more than one floor has turned out worse the second time.


I'm so sick of dealing with our local companies that we now do it ourselves.


Best of luck


 


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Beer was created so carpenters wouldn't rule the world.

(post #106595, reply #5 of 6)

  Had that happen with a sander that was out of balance. It made an obvious sound,like it was out of round,but checking with a tool it appeared to be perfectly round. Start it up and it rumbled. Left little wavesin the floor.

(post #106595, reply #6 of 6)

Reading between the lines maybe you rented a machine and did this job yourself. Now you'd like to know what this panel thinks about some ripples. Some of the rental machines are very crappy and even a pro would have a hard time not leaving ripples. If this is redone and the sander only cuts with the grain again he will only dip in the grooves deeper and he will multply the ripples by adding them where the wheels drop in the existing ripples.

If you can't live with what is there you should hire a pro and he will have to cut on the diagonal on the rough cut to make sure the ripples are gone. So his job is now more work than it would have been if this was new unfinished floor.

If this is your own house and your own work you might hide it with a rug and furniture and be able to live with it.

If this is a customers house there is room for a legitimate squauk and it should be redone. Of course nobody has seen the floor so you may know something we don't.