floor update

I’ve got the dining room finished (trimmed out, etc.), and we’re starting the living room tonight. The problem is that our fireplace is rock and very rough. Our final solution is that we’re going to lay granite tile around the fireplace, then install the flooring up to that granite. That’s about Plan J. We probably won’t have the rock around the fireplace finished until later, though, as we’re going to have someone professionally install that. But, we should be able to have everything (other than the tile around the fireplace) done in time for the in-laws’ arrival on Sunday.

Oy, my back…

We’re deep in the midst of the flooring installation, now into day 2. Day 1 and some of today were mostly spent cursing the dealer we bought the materials from (more on this later) yet who failed to provide even the most meagre support and advice. Next time, we’ll just go to Lowe’s, where don’t expect help. Last night we ripped out the carpet and started getting nails and tacks and things out. Today, we finished that, made two trips to Lowe’s for accessories, and actually laid about 70 sq. ft. or so of flooring.
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Home Improvement

We’re embarking on some of the most involved home improvement we’ve attempted since moving into out house almost two years ago. We’re installing laminate wood flooring in our living room and dining room, which is almost 500 sq. ft. We got the stuff today, and it’s currently sitting in our living room “acclimating” to the temperature and humidity inside our house. We’re going to demolish the carpet Saturday morning, then start installing Saturday afternoon. Before and After pictures will follow. Wish me luck.

Well, more A/C troubles

Well, more A/C troubles. The guy came back today to look at our aged window unit (our house was built in 1963, before people always had central A/C) and declared that the coils are leaking and it would take all day to patch them (at $40/hr). Then he tried to sell us a used central unit (we already have central Heating) for not very much. BUT (and, as Peewee says, everybody’s got a big but), there’s no warranty on the used central unit.
I’ll pass. I’ve had too much bad luck with crap breaking down outside the warranty period lately. So, we’re going to go tomorrow and buy ourselves a new big-ass window unit. The other one cools the house just fine (when it’s working), and even a big-ass window unit is way cheaper than central A/C. Ah, the joys of homeownership.