I was spending money like the way it likes to rain


y two weeks off from work have wound down, and while I was able to get done refinishing my floors and my stuff moved from the apartment into the house, I was not able to do any unpacking. And it may be a week or two before I can. In the mean time, expect more cursing out of me. I hate living out of boxes.

But, like I said, the floors were wrapped up. While refinishing floors is hard work, I wouldn’t consider much of the process to be hard. This is what I did: (and by “what I did,” I mean, “what my dad, Joe M., Ben S., Ben V., Dan J. and I did.”):

:: pulled up the carpet and pad
:: removed all the tack board
:: removed all the staples holding down the pad
:: vacuumed the floor
:: sanded the floor with 25-grit sandpaper
:: sanded the floor with 60-grit sandpaper
:: sanded the floor with 80-grit sandpaper
:: vacuumed the floor
:: cleaned floor with mineral spirits
:: put down a coat of stain
:: put down a second coat of stain
:: cleaned floor with mineral spirits
:: put down first coat of varnish
:: lightly sanded floor with 220-grit paper
:: vacuumed floor
:: cleaned floor with tack cloth
:: cleaned floor with mineral spirits
:: put down second coat of varnish
:: lightly sanded floor with 220-grit paper
:: vacuumed floor
:: cleaned floor with tack cloth
:: cleaned floor with mineral spirits
:: put down third coat of varnish
:: lightly sanded floor with 220-grit paper
:: vacuumed floor
:: cleaned floor with tack cloth
:: cleaned floor with mineral spirits
:: put down fourth coat of varnish

After all that, though, they’re done and look great.

After completing the floor project, I had only a couple days to move out of my old apartment before the lease ran out (and before I ran to Chicago for a couple of days to catch some baseball). During the few weeks leading up to the move, I’d had Wednesday the 27th in my mind as my targeted move date. Of course, though, moving in June in Nebraska is never a good idea.

With the help of a group of great friends and family (again), along with a 26-foot U-Haul truck, I was able to move in the comfort of Tuesday’s 92-degree heat with 178-percent humidity.

Despite all the free help, there were still labor costs associated with the floors and move.

The first morning I woke up in the new place, this is what one of my bedroom doors looked like.

Comments ( 2 )
  • Seth says:

    Looks wonderful. And happy birthday. Now don’t get a dog, cat or kid. They’ll scratch them to hell and after all that work it would surely drive you nuts. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

  • Vickie says:

    So cool, Q. And thank god you have useful family and friends. Keep posting; I want to track how many years this takes off your life while saving This Old But Worthy House.

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