We asked followers on WFB Facebook and Instagram to put themselves in the old-timey shoes of wood floor pros from the 1930s and answer: If wood flooring pros from the ’30s came to a job site today, what would surprise them most? Here’s what they said:
How long it takes us to install a floor.
Andrew Cory Boyd
How many tools it takes to make it look just as good.
Robert Edginton Jr.
How much of all their work that's been covered over with new wood/laminate flooring.
Industry calling #1 common boards select and better now.
All the gizmos and gadgets we think we need.
How lazy your helpers are. I believe back In the days everyone worked so hard and there were not lazy people even when work was tough. My grandfather always said men are built from working.
Shana Marie McFarland
The cell phones that occupy the young workers time...
No boards longer than 7 feet.
Lack of dust, how clean we are when we go home. I have memories.
A woman sanding the floor.
Lack of quality and work ethic.
Lack of people still willing to do this kind of work.
Still pay the same, huh?
The Fein saw. #mindblown
Strap-on knee protectors...
How we aren't drinking or smoking on the job.
The absolute lack of scheduling and the total lack of knowledge and experience of builders and remodelers in today's industry.
The price of plywood!!!
Michael Todd Inmon
Phillip Jim Blake
Carlos J. Garcia
My work truck.
I’m pretty sure cell phones. Lol
Prefinished hardwood floors and the price of materials.
The Bona Power Drive.
The helper walking around with a computer in his hand. Or maroon pads.
Can y’all imagine all the “back in my day” speeches?
Van A Stahl
How fast I am!
How easy we actually have it.
Water-popping would blow their minds. We weren't allowed to get a floor wet for any reason.
Cheryl Hallman Phillips
The cost of materials. My father was sanding in 1941, he talked about how far a sheet of sandpaper would go. He said they could sand an entire house with one sheet of edger disc. It wasn't polyurethane or moisture cure, either.
Efficiency and innovation.
Posting TikTok videos on Instagram.
I would say women sanding floors. In the 1930’s if you got married by law you were supposed to stay home and if you were not married you were considered a spinster and probably working in a factory. Crazy right? So unfortunately I’m sure they would be impressed by our slew of products, but they would be more amazed seeing women sand floors better than them.
The picky customers.
Short boards and soft oak...
All of the phone calls/texts that I take during the day.
How easy it is to buy alcohol!
How much “pros” get paid per day.
The sanders have not changed! And yes, women on jobs.
All the Monster cans left by the drywall guys.
Plastic wood floors, yuck.
Ah, everything! No hand nailing, no hand sawing.
They wouldn’t know how to act when they see the Pallmann Spider.
Super 7’ are still the same!
Pneumatics and electric tools existed so these would not be that surprising. Cordless anything would seem magical.
“Wow, fake wood floors?!??”
Nailing guns. It was a big game changer. The man that I was sent out with as a kid of 12 was Guy Vought born 1898. He was the hand nailing king. He preferred to hand-nail over a power nail gun. A hand hatchet was a tool he used to rip boards. He wore overalls, work boots and a long sleeve button up shirt. He was a wiry man that talked few words. Never heard him say a bad word. Told me he rode a horse for the first 25 years of his life. What a man. I worked with his boys, who were awesome floor layers. His last boy died in the 1980s. Always remember him saying to me, shorts are only good for burning the stove. What a memory!
Most floor guys have a hammer more for decoration, and don’t know what it is used for.
Top-nailing the last row and not the last 3 rows. Running the BM only once.
All the finish options.
No young guys working … all old guys!!!
That we still hand-scrape corners.
The lack of smoking on the job site.
The ridiculous amount of nails we use today compared to their 24s on center.
Sanding past 40 grit lmao.