Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Long Day

Feeling tired and sore but we're almost done. Here you can see the ratty, old carpet that used to be in the entryway and the dining room. We could never decide what kind of flooring to put in until it just drove everyone up the wall. I picked up laminate flooring from Sam's Club a couple of weeks ago and my youngest son and I are installing it. It's only 350 ft2 but there are four closets to fit. Most of the flooring is down except for two small hallway type sections and surprisingly, its lining up pretty well. The house is "squarer" than I thought it would be.

 

The small black things along the wall are plastic spacers that you use during installation to keep the flooring spaced out ¼" from the wall to allow for expansion. Once we are done, the spacers are removed and base board is installed. The floor is floating and is not fixed to the floor anywhere. Once we get away from things like closets, we can move along pretty quick. Even with all of the other things going on tomorrow, we should get pretty much done and can move the furniture back in. Of course, now that we replaced the flooring, the wall paper looks pretty ratty. I don't think the project will ever end. My only concern with this flooring is water resistance. With it by the entry doors, moisture is almost guaranteed.

This morning, I rode to College Coffehouse where some of the AIrheads meet and Ken, the other guy who bought a used Cozy sidecar, decided against trying to put it on his R75/6 and just pick up a new Ural. He was a initially a little concerned with Dom's trials but decided that it would probably be worth it. He likes the 2WD and reverse. He may be Frozen Motorworks first sale.

 

18 comments:

SonjaM said...

Looks like an overdue honey-do project to me ;-)
I wish my husband would be half as handy as you are...

Martha said...

The floor looks great!

I had a house redone with bamboo flooring, but put a large area of natural unsealed slate at the entry. Perfect.

BeemerGirl said...

Oh yeah. Flooring projects are fun. Especially on the knees. But it is so worth it when it is finished and you are enjoying. (Know from experience.) It's looking good!

Trobairitz said...

That flooring looks really nice Richard. I remember how sore our knees and backs were.

We still have a few closets and the spare room to do, but it has only been a year since we did the rest of the house.

Troubadour said...

Thanks Richard, now I have to finish our flooring. It's on the list.

Martha said...

Feel free to call Dom to help out with assorted projects, we owe you big time for your patience and generous hospitality. As for the URAL factor, when she is up and running, it is easy to forgot about the gremlin factor! I can testify that Dom really missed the thrill of a URAL when he tried another side car option with the vstrom. Nothing beats a URAL, warts and all!

Keith - Circle Blue said...

Isn't that the truth. Do one thing and it leads to another and another and another. Oh well.

Dom's trials are a double edged sword. On the one hand he's had troubles and on the other the Company has bent over backwards to make it right. Troubles=bad, but standing behind the product=good.
~k

redlegsrides said...

I must say, I love my URAL....the ignition stuff, is my fault, should have left the stock ignition in place. Now waiting for some hard rain/snow to test the new coil....since spraying it with water from a hose had no effect.

The floor looks good Richard, looking forward to seeing it. ;D

Tell Ken he should get the blue and white model!

dom

RichardM said...

Yeah, it was long overdue but no decision was being made in the search for the "perfect" floor. This'll do for a while.

RichardM said...

THank you!, Originally, I was wanting to put in bamboo flooring but the cost was high and was convinced that it was a passing trend. I still like the way it looks. The original plan was for stone by the front entrance but the door was installed wrong (no threshold) so that would need to be redone first.

RichardM said...

It was a lot of fun to see it going down and after the first two rows, another trip into town to get knee pads. Now all that's left is the baseboard.

RichardM said...

Thanks, it turned out better than I expected. What I'm not sure of is the durability. It went down faster than I thought it would and it was fun to have my son, Kyle, working on it with me. All of the closets are finished except for the last row of boards in the back.

RichardM said...

You're welcome. Glad to help. ;-)

I really like the cork floor you used. How is it holding up? And is the new project bike in the spare room?

RichardM said...

He was a great help when he was here. Thank you for sending him on this trip! It was great fun to have him around and even my grandson would climb up in his lap with books to read.

I would pick up a Ural in a heart beat (after having to push it backwards twice just this morning!)

RichardM said...

The goal is to prevent one project leading to another and another. This project showed us the material under the wallpaper to be cheap wood paneling. And any further work would mean a complete gut to the wall studs and redo.

RichardM said...

Now that you are looking forward to rain, you're assured of sun until you are far away from the nearest shelter in the middle of nowhere. I think I just described much of the state...

Dar said...

Looks great Richard. Once you open Pandora's box of home repair one thing leads to another.

How is the weather up your way? Are the temps finally warming up and snow melting?

RichardM said...

Pandora's box, indeed! Actually, there are so many things that could be fixed given money and time. The kitchen being a prime example.

It is 54°F right now and is supposed to be above freezing all week. Visibility is over 100 miles and not a cloud to be seen. Though it did snow last Saturday...