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24 March 2007 @ 12:15 am
It is finished  
They were putting the final touches on this afternoon as fndragon came home. I expected to be all jumping up and down and squeeing at the top of my lungs, but I didn't. I think the initial reaction to seeing the difference between hickory and old pink carpet got all the ZOMGELEVENTYPANTS out of my system. Today's reaction was a combination of quiet awe, happiness at being back in my own place (the Days Inn was nice, but there's nothing like home), and the feeling that the new floors are just right for the house.

I ran out and got a Swiffer type microfiber mop. Unfortunately, it didn't come with a chorus of gleaming-toothed Navy guys to clean alongside me in an efficient and choreographed manner, but it's pretty awesome anyway. It works well dry (wet mopping hardwood is bad, umkay?), the head is machine washable, and Swiffing pwninates vacuuming carpets any day. No burning dust smell! No disassembling the vacuum head to cut a layer of my hair out of the beater bar! No paranoia of vacuuming the cord! Hooray for a quiet, efficient, easily cleanable mop.

And no more running for the Nature's Miracle when it's hairball time. (Well, mostly. We are getting area rugs. Still, the hwarf will statistically be more likely to occur over a wipe-clean surface.)

Overall, the installation is fabulous. I just wish I would have made arrangements to have the baseboard trim replaced instead of reset. I knew it was beaten up, but I didn't know that some of it has unpainted and/or crumbling bottom edges. Bleh. The trim had to go back on ASAP because it covers an expansion gap left between the hardwood floor and the wall, and I guess I can live with it until it gets redone. I may actually try DIY'ing that if I could rent or borrow a power nailer and mitering equipment. Then again, as with virtually everything else we've been doing, this could probably be handled by a pro for a price well worth the savings in time and aggravation.

In any case, I'm not going to worry about the ugly baseboards until we put Humpty back together again. It really does look like we just moved in. I don't feel like doing any hardcore organizing at the moment, but at least we washed all the bedsheets, rotated the mattress, and started a Goodwill pile. And we generated a couple of trash bags of ancient stuff.
Current Location: our basement
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: the dryer
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on March 24th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Baseboard moulding is one of those projects where DIY can get you comparable or better results than having it done professionally. The most difficult part is having enough patience to let the stain dry. You can even avoid having to mitre by using corner blocks, but where's the fun in that?

Honestly, it would probably take you more time to remove the old moulding (with your oversized nails) than install the new.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Huang Zhong Damn Kidsrydain on March 24th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
That's encouraging. I'd been reading about coping joints, compensating for wavy and bowed walls, and whatnot and getting rather antsy.

The floor guys put the molding back on with a standard number of normal-size nails, so I don't think it would be difficult tore move.
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on March 24th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Dude, I like totally coped this joint at 4:20 yesterday. It was COSMIC.

Corner blocks and plinth blocks will eliminate the need for any mitreing (although for the record, I absolutely hate the look of plinth blocks). Monkeys can do this kind of moulding, provide they can use a tape measure and make straight 90-degree cuts. It also helps if they can distinguish the inside corner blocks from the outside ones.

I've done all of my moulding without using a power nailer. I'd strongly advise drilling pilot holes, doubly so on any curvy pieces. If you're staining it yourself, drill the holes first. Otherwise, it's about one of the easiest projects you can do.

Compensating for wavy or bowed walls? Somebody's a bit too much of a perfectionist. If your current moulding looks straight, don't fret about it.