Carpet Removal
Summer 2005
This is the 'beast' (television) that died after 14 years.  But, it now gives me
the chance to be rid of the immovable mass and it's mammoth weight and rip
out the old carpet.  It sits to the left of the sofa and loveseat in the living
room.  

But first, attacking the nest of wires behind the beast.  Five extension cords
later, and minus some unused stereo equipment, I've hooked up a small
temporary tv and I'm ready to rip out carpet. Until I can get help moving
some large pieces around, I'll just cut the carpet from around them and get
as much removed as possible.
On my first attempt, I removed a five foot wide
section, which revealed five layers of assorted
flooring on top of the wood floor.
Step 1:  Remove top layer; brown carpet
Step 3:  Remove gold zigzag pattern carpet
Step 2:  Remove carpet pad
Step 3a: Clean up the backing from the gold carpet
that had either stuck to the fourth layer - linoleum, or
was just so dry it was nothing but powder to sweep up.  
Step 4: Remove two layers of linoleum by bending
backwards and snapping it to break, to reveal a layer
of newspapers, and under those, the wood floor.
Spokesman-Review  ~  February 18, 1945
Wartime headlines grace most of the papers I found.
You can see the wood floors beneath the newspapers.  For the most part they are in decent
shape, but there is some damage in a variety of places and some marring around the perimeter.  
I'm just pleased that the surface is clean and smooth enough to install laminate.  
Note:  not pictured above are Steps 5  through . . .

..........
however many steps it takes to:

*Sweep
*Take trash to outdoor pile
*Vacuum

*Rip out the tack strip (ouch! I hate that stuff!).  
I just
know that the man who put that stuff in here must have said to himself in a boastful way,
as he pounded in
"railroad spikes", "No one will EVER get this stuff out! buahaha".  
Grrrr.

*Sweep
*Take trash to outdoor pile
*Vacuum

*Pull out a
mullllll-titude of nails and staples.  Oh well, better than scraping a 15x23 foot room
free of an inch of glue.  But, then there's always a bit of scraping, because inevitably something
has STUCK to the wood floor or some glue was used in a tough spot.  

*Sweep
*Take trash to outdoor pile
*Vacuum

*Shuffle the furniture around to a new location  ~  &^&^&^&^&^&^&^&  ~ whee!  See? . . . now
there's some fun! Then begin all over again from the top.
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