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  1. Wow. Thanks to Jim, we bought a beat-up house that had been a smelly, dirty rental and we turned it into a brand new beauty!

    Can’t wait to move in!

  2. This is good to see.

    What’s the cost for a job like the one in the video?

  3. I don’t remember how it broke down, but to 1) completely refinish the entire second story and stairs, 2) re-install a large section of floor in the master bedroom closet where wood had been chopped out for built-ins, and 3) rip out the existing flooring in the downstairs living room and install new wood that matched the hardwood on the stairs and upstairs was $8750.

    We choose a commercial grade finish which is the highest end finish he offered and a high quality engineered product downstairs to match the hardwood. (He did find the exact same hardwood that had been installed years before but it would have taken too long to get the matching hardwood for the living room and we didn’t want to wait – the price would have been the same.) I defy anyone to tell that the closet is “patched” or that the living room is not the same hardwood, but engineered. It’s amazing. Andy is a artistic genius.

    My husband and I highly recommend Andy and his company All American Hardwoods. The man knows his craft!, is highly professional, and his work is exquisite. He took some rough ugly beat up floors that had lots of dirt, snags, knot holes and deep scratches and turned them into a work of art that says “brand new perfection.” The floors are absolutely stunning and will last for years and years.

  4. We used a commercial water-based polyurethane that offers maximum durability. A residential grade finish would have been about $1000 less. It may have been enough, but we’ve had wood floors in the past that have gotten pretty scratched so we wanted the max. Another way to have cut cost would have been to have gone with an oil-based polyurethane. This would have saved close to $1500 but takes much longer to cure so it would also have slowed the job down quite a bit.

    It would also have cost a bit less if the previous owner hadn’t hacked out the nice hardwood floor in the closet to install some really cheap and ugly shelving units (which we in turn ripped out), but that goes with the territory of buying someone else’s house! Andy completely fixed that ugly scar in the closet floor so you can’t tell it was ever there. Throughout the project, Andy was terrific to work with, a true professional and an artist as well.

  5. awesome video and job.

    Is the machine basically one huge belt sander?

    Was that a disc or orbital sander that use used to do edges? I noticed that you had hoses and a bag to capture dust. Is there still a lot of dust that comes off the job?

    Did you put any stain down on the wood before you went over with the water based poly?

    nice work.

  6. Thks on the additional info. Certainly a whole lot cheaper than new flooring. And it looks great!

  7. IIRC I’ve seen Tom employ similar equipment in some of his Texas projects.

  8. 3.00 per square foot in San Diego for sanding, staining and 2 coats of clear is pretty standard.

  9. Beautiful wood, love the satin finish.

  10. That sanding machine is amazing! Wonder if one could rent one of those to DIY.

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