Ahhhh. A sigh of relief. A breath of fresh air. I have to say of all the things we have done so far in the house removing that horrible, old, dirty shag carpet was the most satisfying and the easiest. The air even feels cleaner and I can breathe easier. We weren’t going to take up the carpet until most of the dirty work was done in the house. We were waiting for the electrical, the plumbing and any dry wall to be done. Having many men tramp through the house with their dirty boots I certainly wasn’t going to be constantly cleaning this already probably bacteria infested carpet. As soon as there was a light at the end of that tunnel the carpet was gone.
Derek’s mom Joanne, actually initiated the ripping up of the carpet. Gord helped too. I wasn’t even there to witness the momentous moment. I went to my parents to gather up some laundry I had done because our laundry machines are out of order at the moment. If you want to find out why check out the post For the Time Being… Derek had texted me that his parents had arrived and Joanne decided today was the day. Most of the drywall sanding was finished and the only people coming through the house again in the next little while would be the plumbers to come put the finishing touches on the bathroom.
The carpet began at the entry way right where you enter the house, continued into the living room down the hallway, past the bathroom to the foot of the stairs leading to the second floor and into the dining room. Yes, the dining room. For me it seems counterintuitive to put a carpet where things may easily spill onto it, but maybe that’s just me. I doubt it.
We knew there was hardwood under the carpet because my dad had provided us with that information, we just didn’t know what condition the floors would be in. We also knew that at one point the radiator had leaked and caused some damage. You could feel by standing on the carpet in that particular spot that the wood had warped and been damaged to some degree. I couldn’t wait to see what it was going to be like so I had taken an exacto-knife and cut a slit over that area to peel it back and see what it was like. It wasn’t as bad as we had initially thought. At that point, we didn’t know whether the floors were finished. But there was finished hardwood in the first floor bedroom and in the entry way closet. We had a good feeling. Or high hopes at least.
While collecting the laundry I received some text messages from Derek. As soon as he told me that his mom was tearing the carpet up I stopped what I was doing and ran out the front door. The floor looked great! It was finished and the spot by the radiator wasn’t even that bad. There was an underpad that needed to come up as well but that was no problem. Derek and Joanne got so much enjoyment from the sound of the tearing carpet up. So much satisfaction. Instant rewards. One annoying thing though is that the carpet was held in place by all of this little tack strips. There are these pointy tacks in strips of wood that were nailed down right into the hardwood floors. One question I find myself asking a lot since moving into this house is “WHY?” “Why would someone do this?” “Why would someone make it so impossible?” Why? Why? Why?
The tack strips took a long time to remove and did damage some of the wood along the baseboards. To get the strips up the Super Wonder Bar was a necessity. Here it is in all its glory. It has proven itself irreplaceable after the bathroom demo. Oh and there were also all these little staples all along the floor where the seams of the underpad met. Ugggh how stupid. Why? Anyways, now we need to buy quarter round as well to finish the baseboards and hopefully hide some splitting of the wood in places. There’s nothing so glaring though. Then it just needed to be cleaned up. All it took was some vacuuming, wood cleaner, we used Murphey’s because that is what we had on hand. Voila!
We left the carpet everywhere else for now. Currently using the dining room as a workshop and paint station and storage and cat sanctuary. Stay tuned. It certainly will get more exciting than this. Thanks for stopping by neighbour!