Last week I painted our bedroom in anticipation of pulling up our carpet and exposing the hardwoods over Memorial Day weekend. I figured with the nice three-day weekend we would have two full days to remove the carpet, etc. and use the extra day to put everything back. I was dreaming. No, seriously. I was either dreaming or straight-up delusional. I don’t know which. All I know is that we are no further along than we were after removing the carpet. It’s this fifty year-old layer of rubber padding that has melted onto the wood.
We have done copious amounts of research which all boils down to crawling around and scraping this stuff up inch by inch after wetting it section by section. I guess it’s not fair to say we’ve made no progress at all. We’ve probably scraped-up 15% of it by now. I’m going to be sleeping in my living room until Christmas. One lady wrote in one of the countless forums I visited that she called-in a professional because she was having such a difficult time removing the same type of padding and the professional refused to do it because he said it was too much work and not worth the money. When I read that I cried a little. Maybe a lot. I’ll post some progress pictures when we finally make some headway and give more information on exactly how we’re doing what we’re doing.
I hope you had a way more awesome weekend than we did. We did manage to use our new grill and hang-out with some friends Sunday night, so all was not lost.