We’re breaking up

Sometimes in life, you try and try to make something work but it just doesn’t.  Sometimes you find things that just aren’t worth pushing.  Sometimes you just have to end it.  We’ve gone to great lengths to fix things or mess with them to make it all work differently, but, at our wits end, we see no other course but to break up…the concrete of course.

I got some more stuff last night to try to fix the low spots.  One thing I got was a new level that would be large enough to span enough distance but no so large that I couldn’t put it crossways in the bathroom (so I got a 2 foot long level).  As I laid it all sorts of ways across the floor, I really started to see just how badly screwed up the concrete was.  No small patch was going to fix this issue.  The only solution in its current state would be to add another level of self-leveling concrete and hope it worked better.  Um…heck no.

Breaking up is hard to do...

Being a stubborn SOB (no offense Mom), I decided that there was no way this floor was going to beat me.  Luckily I have just the tool to remedy the situation.  Several months ago (years if you ask Emily), I started chipping concrete/plaster off of the walls of our office.  For that job, I bought a handful of new cold chisels.  They paid off once again.

The concrete mixer...isn't it cool?

I spent a good bit of time (and yes, more cussing) breaking up the screwed up concrete so I can go about this mess in an entirely different way.  The floor wasn’t too bad to start.  Once I get this concrete removed, I am going to manually level the few spots that aren’t even with regular portland cement or some other floor patch (not sure which yet) and move on.  Call this a $50 education for me I guess.  Education is always money well spent, right?

Well, I hope you can use my experience before you are faced with the same situation…breakups really really suck!

Neil has some thoughts on it too:

9 thoughts on “We’re breaking up

  1. Sorry you had to scrap your first attempt. I am sure you will be happy when it is all level an the tile goes down nicely.

  2. Isn’t there some kind of subfloor thingy like the stuff we had to use behind the tub surround tiles (after they all fell off)?

  3. That is the way things work around here too. But I hate to mention the expression, third time is the charm. Hopefully, the second time is your charm!

    I give you credit. I would already suggested moving. Or burning the house down. My solutions when confronted with a problem.
    .-= Capri Kel´s last blog ..Way Back When-sday-Second Grade Capri Kel =-.

  4. Loretta – hopefully this weekend!
    Ceecee – yeah, it was the best thing, but gosh I hate it. Still, it will be cool when it’s done
    Diane – I have considered that stuff but it gets pretty mixed reviews for flooring.
    Emily – I gotta tell you, aside from my busted up knuckles, it felt good doing damage to the floor!
    CapriKel – 2nd time, 2nd time…no 3rd! Please!

  5. the inadvertent farmer – isn’t it awful…I was the same way so I had to put the video up there so everyone could share my pain!

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