I looked at a house for sale the other day, and most of the rooms had
hardwood floors, but more than half of the floors were black, sort of
striped, with wood color and maybe grain in adjacent stripes.
I think the finish was damaged by the padding or the backiing of
whatever wall-to-wall carpet they had had.
Do you know anything about this, what padding would do this and what
A friend told me they took the carpet off of the floors in the house
they bought, at least 30 years old, and the hardwood floors were nice
underneath. What's the difference
The house also had a washer and dryer installed in the pretty large
room next to the kitchen. But in the basement was an earlier place
for the machines. It's likely the owners got too old to go
downstairs. Half of the house, the half with the kitchen and spare
room, is built on a slab. I suppose to bring water to the washing
machine they went up into the attic, but what would somone do if it
was an apartment building with no access on the floor above and a slab
below? Is there some way to go down through the slab from the
kitchen, across and up into the other room? Seems impossible to me,
other than by jacking up the house and cutting a groove in the slab.
Sort of striped, but I should have said that they were raggedy
stripes, constantly varying width with no pattern. Probably some
non-black parts in the middle of the black stripes. But no black
parts in the raggedy stripes with normal color, which I think
coincided with the border between the ~2" wide boards.
These rooms were above the basement, but still maybe something seeped
up between the boards to keep the area near the borders brown? That's
hard to believe.
On Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:58:01 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Good point. My neighbor needed a basement toilet and it was an extra
1000 dollars, but it included a toilet too!
Maybe one could just drill a hole in the concrete, suck out some of
the dirt, and let the wash water go into the hole.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 3:04:10 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
Reminds me of the time many years ago when I bought a new construction
condo. The builder had installed a sump pump with a line that came out
underground and ended in the dirt. It was headed in the direction of
a swale and I think what likely happened is they just never continued
it another 50 ft to it's logical destination, maybe because they were
still grading, etc. So, being smarter than the average bear, I went
looking for where it discharged, couldn't find it, tested it with some
water, found out that the pipe just ended underground in the dirt.
And right next to it was the pipe from the adjacent unit, that also
ended in the dirt.
So, I report it to the condo association, since it's their issue and
they were sending someone out to fix it. And then I got a hold of my
neighbor, showed him the problem, told him that he should contact the
association too to make sure they fix his at the same time. He looks
in the hole in the ground and says "Isn't it supposed to be that way?"
I don't think he believed me that there was anything wrong and IDK if
his got fixed at the same time or not.
If, as another has said, the pattern is regular and striped it's likely
it's "a feature", not a defect. Are they solid floors? If so, make bid
contingent on refinishing if don't like; either discount enough to have
them done or ask the owners to do it--all they can do is say no. :)
Who says they necessarily went from the kitchen? May have run a side
branch from the house line underground. Or, as another also said, the
plumbing may have been laid first with the arrangement in mind from the
git-go, or perhaps this was an addition and not original to accommodate
the change in lifestyle you suggest? You'd have to ask or have an
inspection to know.
But, it's certainly possible to run plumbing a lot of places with some
difficulty -- $$ solves most problems.
It was an auction and it sold for 240K, even though it needs lots of
remodeling. The home repair contractor who was there estimated it
needed 100K of that. I talked to a friend whose house is closer
to the center of action of this n'hood, and is about the same side
(bigger basement, half of it finished, and smaller upstairs) and he
said his house was valued at the same price, and it didnt' need
remodeling. He should have been happy to think his house might be
worth another 100K but he didn't seem to be. Maybe he's more
concerned about property taxes than selling.
water and espically urine will turn nice hardwood black, but theres a bleaching process to lighten it back up. i dont know much more than that. my mom bought a home, when i pulled the carpet up there was a large black mark.
the owners daughter said thats where she fell, and laid for 5 days, nearly died. thats why she sold the home
the black area didnt matter, mom wanted carpet.
after mom died i disclosed the mark at home sale time
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