Aug 12, 2008


I haven't stitched a lick since August 3rd. ACK!
Working on the new house is wearing me plumb out. We've come so far on it, yet still have so far to go. We have to be out of the rent house by August 24th. We'll deal with it and survive, but right now all I want to do is sit in my rocking chair and stitch. Oh well. *puts on big girl panties*
Even though DH and I are veteran wood floor layers, this one is taking a lot longer than planned. We've worked two and a half days on it and we'll still need two more evenings of work before it's done. Then I'll spend half a day cleaning all the glue residue off of it before we can do the trim molding.
It's a glue-down wood floor which a lot of people don't like because of the mess of the glue. Even though it is VERY messy to install, we like it because it gives a very solid floor underfoot with low noise. And for a wavy or uneven floor (thanks to our contractor), it's the only way to go as the glue is very elastic and forgiving; it helps hide the imperfections.
Unfortunately, due to these desirable properties, while this particular glue dries, the wood planks can move around. So you have to tape each plank to the previously set one as you go. All this taping takes tons of time. And then you have to remove all the tape within 24 hours. It means we're spending lots more time down on our knees than we planned. Even with knee pads, DH and I both have blisters on our knees. We still have a small alcove and half the closet to finish.
Here are progress pictures. DH is getting ready by fueling up on Gatorade.
DH troweling the glue.
One-third done - DH removing tape from the day before.
As of last night.


Lindsay said...

Even covered in bits of tape your floor looks fantastic

TinaTx said...

The floor is looking great! Would it make you feel any better to know that I haven't crossed a stitch since last Thursday?

Gloria said...

Love the floor! Your hard work is evident in the pictures you post. Hang in there!