A couple weeks ago when I wrote Wrapping Up Demo, I thought Mr. Fixer and I were finally on the cusp of the rebuilding phase for our bare-bones house. Goodness, was I wrong. But now I can say that we truly are! The flooring has been completely removed, and we are ready to begin replacing electrical and plumbing. Yippee — one step closer in the process of fixer to fab! 🙂
Starbucks gift card to the first person who can tell me IN A COMMENT what is missing from this picture (other than the floor – duh!).
So what was the holdup, you might wonder? Well, the [probably well-meaning] geniuses who put the beautiful yellow linoleum in the living room not only glued it on top of the hardwood, but they first glued down a layer of tar paper. In addition, the way the hardwood was originally nailed down made it extremely difficult to pry up. Mr. Fixer used his circular saw to cut the flooring into smaller pieces, which then made it easier to pull up, but also a bit more time-consuming. We then had to painstakingly pull off both the layer of linoleum and the layer of tar paper from each individual piece of wood! [Well, we didn’t have to, but we wanted to salvage what we could and reduce our waste at the dump.] Talk about tedious work! Combine this with an absent Mrs. Fab (yay for beach vacations!) and the cold-to-the-bones weather, and you’ve got a bit of a delay. That is the way the construction game goes, though–it always takes longer than you think!
Hope everyone has been staying warm these last several days! If you have it in your heart to donate some food or clothing to the Oregon Food Bank, there are lots of folks who could use the love! Visit http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/ for more info!
As difficult as it was to remove, I sure am glad to see that linoleum go!
Mrs. Fab’s job was to remove the tar paper from each piece of wood and separate the pieces into a good pile and a bad pile. Super fun!
One of my favorite things about this project so far — finding remnants of history beneath the rubble.
Mr. Fixer bought a fancy pry bar to help with the rest of the flooring demo. It sure made quick work of it!
Ready to tackle the parquet flooring in the addition.
Goodness, if only the rest of the flooring had been this easy to pull out! Mr. Fixer was awfully proud of himself! 😉
Loads of garbage — tar paper and linoleum mostly. This doesn’t even include all the junk already in the truck!