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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…..


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.


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.









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



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.



Hope to make a lot of progress this weekend!










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