Well, we've had a week away at the Sydney Hills Holiday Park. Originally I had some misguided idea that we could live in our house while the floorboards were being done. I was told that it was not possible, so I booked us into the holiday park which is only 5 minutes from school. By the way the floor sanders were totally right. The fumes from the polyurethane could be smelled from outside our house.
We should have been back in the house on Friday except that the floor sanders didn't do a very good job. We think the crux of the problem was a dodgy sanding job, but I'm no expert. I also think they were slack about cleaning/vacuuming after sanding. I just know how I expected my floors to look.
The finish on the floors was fairly rough and textured with lots of dust and bits stuck in it.
There were spots where it was apparent that they missed a coat of polyurethane.
Spots where it just looks odd like in my kitchen. It looks dull and textured compared to the rest of the floor.
Then stupid stuff like where they hit a skirting board with a sander, but couldn't be bothered to knock it back, so they applied the coating with the skirting pushed out. Could they not see it wasn't right? The photo was taken after I shoved the skirting back into place.
I won't bore you with photos of where they smeared putty on my skirting boards.
So they came back on Wednesday night and applied another whole coat. They wanted to charge us, but no one was going to stand for it (us or the builder)! Then when I checked the floor Friday morning there were still a few bad spots, so yesterday afternoon they were at my house doing a patch job. We can't risk the kids running through those spots, so we are having a weekend in the city while our friends are in Queensland. Funnily enough I'm about to jump in the car to drive to Galston for a Tupperware party plus the kids can run wild at our friends. Col's being dropped at the house to start moving a few things around.
We can not wait to be back home. We are such homebodies.
If you live in Sydney and want your floorboards done, I can tell you who NOT to use. Just send me an email.