Sunday, November 05, 2006

out with the old, in with the new

Floors, that is. We have been working on preparing the floor for the new hardwood flooring. We have to not only take off the old linoleum but the pro-board stuff underneath. That pro-board is not really board; it's just wood fibres held together by glue. It is nailed and glued down to the subfloor. That's like wearing a raincoat and umbrella if you ask me. The problem with doing the lifting is the glue. We have been able to lift the board up by taking out the nails without too much problem but anywhere it is glued it just rips away so we have these long strips of fibreboard along the glue lines. They have to go before we lay the hardwood. And the only way to get rid of them is to chip them away with a hammer and chisel. I have been apologizing to Geoff all week for getting us started on this (because there is no turning back now), but I stopped apologizing when I realized that it was Geoff "Super Glue" Ferrey who put all that glue there when we added to the house 17 years ago.
The good news is that our friend Ray who is a housebuilder says that we should be able to just pull up the linoleum where we want to tile - it will be ok to leave the pro-board.
Went to a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the Christian School last night. We bought a few things, one of them a load of wood for the lake. It was fun, but weird not to be in the kitchen helping out. I guess those years are over for me.
Tim came over on Wednesday night with European presents for us. He helped quite a bit last week with the floor. Some renovation guys were at his house last week tearing out the parts of the basement damaged by his sewer backup last summer. So it looks as if the insurance company will be paying for a new basement (at least part of it) for him. Too bad we didn't realize they would do that, Daphne could have a new basement years ago.

10 Comments:

Blogger bethsivak said...

There are few things more surprising than what happens when you start doing renos-in theory there is nothing to its, but then here comes reality! Good luck with it all-help from Tim will be very welcome-after all with the insurance co doing his, no-one has to help him, including himself.Glad that he had a good trip. I'm still feeling fairly tired most of the time, but go for the Catscan tomorrow-have the feeling that the fatigue is mostly from not knowing and that it will be gone after the test. Anyway being tired is not so bad for someone who has nothing much to do.We had snow this week and it has warmed up since so is all gone but its wet so can't do any yard work. Hi to all and don't work too hard. love Mom

1:16 PM  
Blogger bethsivak said...

There are few things more surprising than what happens when you start doing renos-in theory there is nothing to its, but then here comes reality! Good luck with it all-help from Tim will be very welcome-after all with the insurance co doing his, no-one has to help him, including himself.Glad that he had a good trip. I'm still feeling fairly tired most of the time, but go for the Catscan tomorrow-have the feeling that the fatigue is mostly from not knowing and that it will be gone after the test. Anyway being tired is not so bad for someone who has nothing much to do.We had snow this week and it has warmed up since so is all gone but its wet so can't do any yard work. Hi to all and don't work too hard. love Mom

1:16 PM  
Blogger bethsivak said...

I don't know why I keep sending twice every time=must ask the expert(Lisa). Sorry about that

1:19 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

What were your european presents? Leiderhosen? Alpenhorns? 100 proof whiskey?

Your floors sound great -- when will they be done? I love hardwood.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Our presents were Swiss chocolates, 2 German beer steins, Toblerone bars, and a trivet from German. And we have been promised a bottle of Italian wine.
As for the floors, we don't when. Time to do it will be in short supply for the next week or so.

4:52 PM  
Blogger lisaandrichard said...

Where are you putting the hardwood? Living room, or also up the hall?

What colour tile did you pick out?

I bet you are thrilled about having the compressor now, Geoff. Or do you nail hardwood into place with a compressor?

9:22 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

The hardwood will be in the dining room over to the front entry. The tile will be in the kitchen across to and into the bathroom. We haven't picked out tile yet. And Geoff has to rent the nailer thing that you use. We are not, I repeat, not buying one. He tells me that the guys at work say that for every project you do at home you get a new tool. His new tools this time are some nail pullers.

8:55 PM  
Blogger lisaandrichard said...

Nice!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Are you talking about the flooring or the nail pullers? They are very nice and useful nail pullers.

7:51 AM  
Blogger lisaandrichard said...

I meant the nailpullers of course. Who cares about the floors?

6:25 PM  

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