Well, the end of 2020 is almost here and I couldn’t be happier to say goodbye. Having a retail store has been a challenge – but we survived. So now I get a chance to wish you all a wonderful New year.
Now – back to the old house – where were we…
Now that we have the old cabinets out, we can see what we have going on with the floors. Old cracked tiles, some unevenness and some creaking noises here and there. Let’s investigate.
One issue is that there are floor registers in awkward places. Like this one that was next to the stove and steps. Not an ideal place for a register. We’ll think about how we can relocate this one.
Well, now I’ve done it – I could have just laid some click-lock vinyl over this and call it a day. I’m selling this place after all. But no – if there is a better (and more expensive complicated way) I’ll always choose that fork in the road. I’ll never learn.
The original subfloor was overlaid with 1/4″ plywood. This stuff was nailed down with hundreds of spiral nails. Not a lot of demolition fun right here.
But progress is being made. One painful nail at a time.
I kept scooting the old stove around the room – not sure why. Perhaps I needed the exercise.
As progress continues, so does the pile of spiral nails.
I decided to extend whatever the final flooring finish will be into the adjacent dining room. So this carpet needs to go.
So after a couple hours removing the hundreds of carpet pad staples we have the area cleared.
Another odd placement for a floor register by the entrance to the hallway from the kitchen. It looks like it was previously a larger air vent for the old coal furnace when the house was built in 1920. Now we’ll move it to a little more convenient place.
We’ll fill it that space and move it over closer to the wall.
Of course, we’ll have to revise the duct-work to accommodate the new register placement.
The one by the steps is also filled in – we’ll figure out a way to integrate a vent into the stair risers.
So that’s how we’ll leave the Old House in 2020 – clean floors ready for the New Year.
And I’m wishing you the same. A brand new year that will certainly be better than the last one.
Stay safe and productive.