So here we go. As I stated in the first post about the floors, this first row took just about 2 hours. I wish I was exaggerating. But no matter if your first row of flooring has a big ol' radiator pipe bustin through the middle of it, the first row usually takes the longest. You've got to make sure that this first row is the correct distance away from the immediate walls (to allow for expansion due to weather) and that it's perfectly straight. If you start your first row crooked, every single row from there on out will be crooked (duh) and will become increasingly noticeable as you work your way across the room. Even though it's DIY you don't want it to look like amateurs did it...
Once the first row or two was laid, the boys flew through the dining room and kitchen. It was just straight shots other than a few cuts for the cabinets.
This was another tricky part. Since you have to set the tongue into the groove at an angle and then snap it down, it was a bit difficult to lay the pieces under the baseboard heaters. The baseboards aren't incredibly high off the floor so it took some finagling and family effort, but they got em in there.
This picture was posted before but this picture is the answer to kids' question in math class of "Why do we have to learn this? We will never use this in real life!". Kids, I'm here to tell you that yes, you will use those math skills in real life when you want to save $2500 and lay some really awesome flooring in your house and then write a blog about it. My schooling is all coming full-circle here. I literally had a life ah-ha moment here, folks.
We had to use a jig-saw here to cut the curve at the bottom of the steps. Notice the super high-tech flashlight we used...thank you iPhone. Perry (Joe's dad) did the jig-saw work, Joe didn't want to do it so I couldn't blame him if it got screwed up. But Perry did an awesome job!
And here, after over 21 hours of labor, raw knee caps, and only 1 hammered finger, the last board gets put in!!!!
The only thing left we have to do with the floors is put down quarter-round along the edges of the walls. There is a small gap between the flooring and the walls to allow for expansion and contraction; the quarter-round will hide that while still allowing it 'breathing room'. Here's a sneak-peak of me painting the quarter-round white to match the baseboards. Once those get put in for real, I'll post pictures.
And here are the after pictures! Some of them are still pretty dusty from all the commotion that was going on in the house; after we're all moved in the floors are getting some serious cleaning attention. Also, please ignore the moving mess ;)
And the most important...Teddy approves!
Until next time,