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It’s Happening – Snail’s Pace Floor Install

I survived the great flooring pick-up of 2014, 91 boxes of laminate flooring.

The entire time I had this song stuck in my head:

After renting a Cargo van from Uhaul, I cruised down to Woodbridge in Saturday traffic to pick up the flooring with one of my friends in tow.  The Floor n’ Decor wasn’t busy yet, so I was first in line to pick-up the order, 1 & 1/2 pallets.  The guy with the forklift was skeptical it would all fit in the van. That’s the half pallet below…..


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Thankfully it all fit, the tires on the van didn’t burst, and we made it back up I-95 to my place. In all it took two hours to unload the boxes with two people.  I refer to it as DIY style Crossfit.  I’d rented a dolly from Uhaul and was able to transport 6-7 boxes at a time.  Another benefit of living on the ground floor. 🙂

By the time the unloading was finished it was already 5pm so we called it a day.  On Sunday the fun began with ripping out the carpet/padding in the guest room.  Here’s what it looks like in its normal state, cat belly and all.

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After removing all the carpeting, I was left with a concrete subfloor and two fun surprises.  I expected it wouldn’t be pretty, the guest room is Sadie’s favorite location for indoor accidents.  I wasn’t expecting to find mold, lots of mold.  And it smelled.

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And a small crack in the concrete that ran the width of the room.

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The carpet was installed right before I moved into the place, so I knew there hadn’t been any flooding or leaks that caused it.  I’m blaming my over zealous carpet cleaning to clean up after the pets.  I have a carpet shampooer that seemed to get the job done, but obviously the carpet wasn’t drying completely and mold was building up under the carpet padding.

After a mopping/scrubbing with bleach and water mix, the mold is gone and the room smells normal again.  I also decided to go ahead and patch the crack in the concrete.  It’s small, but I’d rather be safe then sorry and end up with another moisture problem.

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Hope to make a lot of progress this weekend!

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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