Floor Issue... (Concrete) - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-04-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
Amanda T.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


I recently tore out carpet in my downstairs apartment of our house. It is a split level house so the bottom floor is ground level. I needed to tear out the carpet because the dogs have taken their toll on it, and since I breed dogs, having puppies on a regular basis is just too complicated to have carpet. When I pulled out the carpet, we found concrete flooring on the bottom. This really was not the issue... The issue was the concrete areas where it looks like they used to have walls. Every place a wall used to be has raised concrete. (Perhaps lumpy is a better way to say it.) I had planned on putting down laminate flooring, but I am at a standstill until I can figure out how to fix this problem. The area is too big to do self leveling concrete over the top, as this is an alternate method we came up with. It was mentioned to me today that there is a way to "sand" concrete. Is this possible? I really need to find a solution soon...

Any suggestions for me...?

Advertisement

akthomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 12:43 AM   #2
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,486
Rewards Points: 2,620
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


So what are you saying?

The "bad spots" are high?

Grind them off. You can rent a floor grinder for a few hours and fix it.

Advertisement

Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 01:03 AM   #3
Amanda T.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


So you can grind the concrete?!?! What a relief!!! Any suggestions on the best place to rent a floor grinder? I am new to this whole "do it yourself" thing and will probably need to sweet talk a guy into helping me... LOL Perhaps it will be something easy enough for me to do on my own! :-)
akthomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 08:44 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


Most tool rental centers (Home Depot, etc) can set you up with the grinder you need.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 08:57 AM   #5
Member
 
RippySkippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ames, Iowa
Posts: 1,233
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


If you choose to grind the concrete...make certain that you wear the correct dust filter as concrete dust is not good on your lungs.
__________________
when it comes to breakfast, the chicken is dedicated, the pig is committed.
LMASD
RippySkippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 09:48 AM   #6
Member
 
ccarlisle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 1,889
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


Hammer and chisel...
__________________
“The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960...Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans,”
ccarlisle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 09:51 AM   #7
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,486
Rewards Points: 2,620
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


How about a photo of the offending concrete? Before this thread goes nuts like some of the others have.
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 02:46 PM   #8
Amanda T.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


I will see about getting some pictures later on tonight when I get home from work (around 7pm PST). There is another area of the floor that I will need an opinion about but I will not bring it up until I can get pictures. More to come later this evening...
akthomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 03:26 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: just north of atlanta
Posts: 81
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


the orange apron store has, for rent, a sawtec 7" grinder INCLUDING a dust shroud which'll hook up to wet/dry vac,,, good shroud makes that work virtually dustless - i don't even wear my dustfoe when using a shroud,,, IF you don't already have a vac, now's a good time to own 1 then again, there's NEVER a BAD time to buy tools, is there ? ? ?

the blue apron store may also have the same unit,,, blastrak wouldn't be our tool of choice NOR would a dble-head'd grinder of the edco type.

don't forget knee pads & safety glasses + ear muffs.
yes.itsconcrete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 12:38 AM   #10
Amanda T.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


Okay, this is the first time I have attached a file so hopefully it will work... These are a couple pics of the floor.
Floor Issue... (Concrete)-concrete-floor1.jpg

Floor Issue... (Concrete)-concrete-floor2.jpg
akthomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 01:00 AM   #11
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,486
Rewards Points: 2,620
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


Hard to see the variance at that camera angle but I can tell you what you have there is nothing. Go buy a "rub-brick" and rub it down a little. That's you cheapest way out. You'll be fine.

Thanks for the photos.
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 01:16 AM   #12
Amanda T.
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


The pics make it look better than it is, as it was hard to get it to where you can actually see how lumpy it is... I think the "rub brick" would be too time consuming, as one of them completely goes across the whole floor.

Either way, it sounds like it is somewhat of an easy fix. I will probably try the floor grinder first as that might be the quickest way to see results.

I appreciate all the help!!!
akthomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 01:21 AM   #13
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,486
Rewards Points: 2,620
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


If that is old tile I see there I wouldn't be grinding too aggressively on the tile. Likely contains asbestos.
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 04:58 AM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: just north of atlanta
Posts: 81
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


we do this stuff for a living, guys i do own rub bricks but they're only for overlays,,, grinder ( 4" / 7" ), diamond turbo cup wheel, dust shroud, & wet/dry vac,,, depending on the sf of mastic, might as well get that too since the rental's a min time.
yes.itsconcrete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 08:57 AM   #15
Mold!! Let's kill it!
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,849
Rewards Points: 2,012
Default

Floor Issue... (Concrete)


If the old vinyl tile has any asbestos in it, you don't want to be grinding on it at all. Be aware that some tile mastics have asbestos in them as well.

Advertisement

Maintenance 6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help!: 4" concrete over 2' dirt over 7/8 wood planking! agent99 Flooring 4 04-28-2009 09:21 AM
Very bumpy concrete floor that is not level cgcaudle Flooring 1 08-31-2008 05:04 PM
Sleeve options for plumbing through concrete? Bruce L Plumbing 6 06-14-2008 10:38 AM
new concrete floor next to old concrete floor mattroos Building & Construction 10 08-28-2007 02:32 PM
Need to expand existing concrete pad for A/C unit miketegra Building & Construction 2 07-03-2005 11:27 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts