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Dept. of Hitting the Floor Running

Or Perhaps, the Floor Hitting Something Else ....

Ah yes, fun with flooring.

We - or, to be brutally honest, I, since I'm not certain BB's fully onboard with this - finally decided to pull up carpet in our postage stamp-sized dining room and replace it with wood flooring. Why? Because I'm a slob and can't keep carpeting clean when it's next to the kitchen, and is on a direct path to the cat box. It's the end point and depository for food, cat litter and much more, and I have never been able to keep up with the daily or every other day vacuuming and regular shampooing that is called for.

Soooo ... with my brother coming down next month, I decided it was time to spiff the place up, starting with exterminating the dining room carpet.

We decided to go with bamboo flooring for various green-ish reasons (it grows faster than traditional hardwoods, so using it isn't depleting the world's forests quite so quickly, and the stuff is both pretty and pretty sturdy.) A couple of weeks ago, we got the materials estimate, and a week or so ago we got the installation estimate. So far, so good.

Then, when we went to the materials store with what we believed was the final list of materials, one that the installer sent us, the callow youth who informed us he was "head of the wood flooring department" at the store insisted that he didn't understand the list, that he'd never heard of one item on the list, etc. He was generally determinedly non-helpful.

Nonetheless, we managed to get at least a majority of the materials purchased. Then came the next fun part. Putting 116 square feet-plus of heavy bamboo flooring, packaged in five separate boxes, into our little Hyundai, along with thin wooden lathes that were significantly longer than the car, which I think are what the installers will connect the flooring to around the borders of the room.

The unhelpful gentleman loaded everything in, but we should have paid more attention to how he did it, because, since the back hatch had to stay open (tied down but still open) in order to accommodate the lathes, we hadn't gone more than two block before one of the boxes of flooring slipped from the car like a ship sailing down a slip to the sea. It was promptly run over and turned into flinders by someone behind us.

BB and I weren't happy campers, but it was pretty clearly our responsibility, so back we went (driving carefully) to the flooring place to replace $60 or so worth of flooring. We drove home - again, very carefully - with a new box of flooring and lugged at least some of the goods into the house. One of the lathes broke, but we don't think that's going to be a problem. Dear lord, those boxes were heavy!

I keep mentally replaying the one box sliding out of the car, with a mix of astonishment and amusement: "Bob, I think it's going to slide out if we're not careful!" "What's going to slide out?" "A box of the floor— OH MY GOD it's sliding —" "What?" "The box of flooring!" "Where is it?" "It's fallen out of the car." "What fell out?" "A BOX of the FLOORING!" (I was a tad exercised at the time.)

At this point, I'm working on giggling. It was just so surreal.

And expensive, but at least I actually have the money for this job.

As of today, the contractor is going to pick up the item that the "flooring manager" claimed he'd never heard of, and we're scheduled to have the carpet torn out and the flooring put in on the 24th. I feel positively upper middle class.

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Sep. 14th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
A box of flooring on the road beats a dining room floor of blacktop. :-)

A bamboo floor is going to look *great* in your dining room! So neat that your brother is coming to visit, too!
Sep. 14th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
A box of flooring on the road beats a dining room floor of blacktop.



Yeah, I really can hardly wait to get the ruins of the dining room carpet out of the house. And I'm nervous as hell about having Mac down here (you'd think he was my older brother, the way I'm focusing on trying to make the place look good for him. Bob's noted, quite pointedly, that I'm obsessing over it, but I can't help it.)
Sep. 15th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! It can only go swimmingly from now on!
Sep. 15th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Heh ... we most certainly hope so!
Sep. 16th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
In my experience, home renos are always most satisfying in the dreaming stage, closely followed by the planning phase and the thank ghu it's done phase.
Sep. 16th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
Indeed; I recall at least one renovation project (when we put in the carpet we now have throughout the condo) that was kind of short-term misery personified. We've done other things that were small enough that nothing was disrupted. This, on the other hand, will completely weird our cats out, and will require us to unpack our china/linen cabinet in order to wrestle it out of the dining room. That will be interesting.
Sep. 17th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
I normally do not bitch...but I would totally bitch about Unhelpful Dude. WTF...

Sep. 19th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
You have experience with very unhelpful people, so you understand why they get bitched about.

*hugs right back*
Sep. 18th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
Ouch!!! Well, here's to hoping the rest of the process went well! =P
Sep. 19th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
The rest of the process doesn't happen until the 24th, since that was the earliest the installers could get to us. I'm hoping it goes well; thanks for your good wishes!!
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