So you saw last time that my floor patches were kind of terrifyingly unsupported because it looked better that way. After I wrote that my dad and I fixed the problem by putting subflooring up from the living room. Yep, fun job. Before that could happen, out came the old gas light lines.
Not only that bent piece, but it’s running through notches in all the joists the whole way through the room. I had to cut into about 14 sections to get it out. Then up went the plywood with lots of screws and Liquid Nails. And you know what? I can jump on that floor and no creaks or vibrations! Here, look at the not-so-pretty prettiness.
Then onto the back bedroom. Before the floorboards were just laying in there to help me figure out how much I had. I was all ready to put them in for real this weekend. I was really sick on Saturday, got on an antibiotic, and worked 7 hours Sunday. In 7 hours (with me and my dad working) we got this much done, to the left.
Not a whole lot, but it looks pretty good, right? The boards are kind of a random mix of lengths, so it kinda reminds me of the super new (1970’s I think) random width flooring my grandparents had. But those were good floors, so that’s just fine.
The carpenter next door loaned me a power nailer and a big contractor sized caulk gun so I could buy the cheaper big tubes of Liquid Nails. That sure made the job a lot easier. But these boards are a PAIN. None of the walls in the room are straight, so we were trying to use the boards to square things up. But the boards aren’t straight either! So we had to push them straight and hold them that way with nails. Sometimes coaxing them straight meant banging the edges with a hammer! And a couple spots that meant we damaged the boards.
So big important question: I can save a couple hours and maybe a couple hundred by letting the closet be wall to wall carpet. This seems like a good idea to me. Do you agree, or is that the burnout talking?