I do believe that yet again I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I own a 1930's brick and stucco tutor. the upstairs is a master suite with a 3/4 bath. it's beutiful other than the dark green carpet...
My wife and I met one of the previous owners of the home at our open house when we bought it, and she informed us that the floors upstairs (now covered in carpet) were re-finished less than 5 years ago.
recently we (I) decided to take up the carpet and expose the hardwood.
now come the tears.
the floor had a gradual roll in it (or so I am told) so the previous owners (obviously suffering from OCD) decided that a 80 year old house must have perfectly even floors.
the upstairs is one large open room about 35' long and 12' wide at the widest point. starting about midway through the room they started with leveler... and then moved to 1/4" plywood... then to half inch... then to 3/4... and then they began to stack various thicknesses... all the while pooring leveler on the top. With a grand end thickness of about 2 inches.
I started to dismantle this puzzle of OSB hell and am now past the point of no return. after 5 hours of chisels for the leveler to find the screw heads. Flat bars, hammers, screw guns, busted knuckles, and enough Eff bombs to make a sailor blush... there is no way I am getting that "leveled" mess back together. the sub floor is com'n up.
now my problem;
I get that it is going to take alot of sanding to get the leveler stuff off of the hard wood in the "transition" area.
I get that it will take even more sanding to take up the paint that is left over from when they SPRAYED the oak mop boards WHITE and didn't bother to protect the NEWLY FINISHED floor.
I am well aware of the battery's I will go through in my screw gun taking up all of the 4" SCREWS THEY USED TO ATTACH THE SUB FLOOR TO THE HARD WOOD!!! (did I mention the floors were only 5 years old?)
My question is this, the screw holes...
Is there a way to use wood filer and have it match the stain or the poly? I am willing to forgo the stain if the poly won't color the filer differently than the hardwood.
Is my only option plugging each hole with splinters of oak that I shave off of a board? then dipping it in wood glue taping it down and cutting it off with a razor blade and then sanding?
Please God tell me that there is a way to use some combination of magic wood filer with equally magic poly to save the day.
I am old, my knees hurt, my back hurts. and my wife thinks I can do this myself. Plus it was my idea to take the floor back to wood instead of just replacing the carpet (as my wife suggested)
I can do most of the heavy lifting as far as the sanding and whatnot goes. its always the details that get me. Like spreading poly... YUCK-O.
But that is better left for a future post. for now, please some one save the day, and my marriage.