I began installing the laminate flooring in earnest finally. I told you I would post pictures and progress report so here it is.
Step 1: Now that carpet is removed, remove furniture from the area and sweep it clean. Enlist the help of adult male to help you move heavy oak entertainment center. However, leave the speaker wire attached because it is too much trouble to unhook it from the back of the receiver and then reattach it.
Step 2: Remove duct tape from speaker wire connections in other corner of room and replace with those screw on cap thingys.
Step 3: prepare to tuck the speaker wires under the baseboard, leaving the yellow caps so they will be just under the first step to the basement. Be sure you use your “antique” screwdriver that your father gave you when you went away to college in 1982. 🙂
Step 4: Lay the blue plastic vapor barrier over the cement floor.
Step 5. Start to lay the laminate flooring. I laid it right to left and struggled a bit with the first 2-3 rows – especially row 3 in front of the steps didn’t want to snap in. Very frustrating. But after about 2 hours, you should have maybe 5 rows done. Some of you might have more done, but I had to deal with that sandstone wall and the steps and being sure I was under the speaker wire and one time the pencil got lost under a board too. LOL!! Add a little wood glue and use an old sad iron to hold down a joint by the wall that wouldn’t hook together well because it was a bit uneven. 🙂
Step 6: Take a break and update your status on Facebook and tell friends you will have photos later. Check in on the pets. The one cat is fine, she is sleeping in the toy box that now houses the pillows and blankets right behind the couch in the living room – not 6 feet from me. Notice that the dog is still stressing and while not currently pacing is seeming a bit anxious at the top of the stairs.
Step 7: Work as far as you can because of the short sandstone wall and the fact that you only removed a portion of the carpet and the next row will need to be longer. Fold up the remaining vapor barrier neatly beside the finished flooring. Cover it with some tablecloths so that the cats won’t claw it up and so it won’t come unfolded since you will not get back to working on the floor for over a week because you have to prepare for the Girl Scout Campout next weekend and it will take most, if not all, of your spare time this week to get that organized.
Step 7: Once children are home from school. Enlist 12 year old to dust the entertainment center that is still covered with dust from that sanding business a couple days ago. Enlist 15 year old to put the felt on the bottom legs of the entertainment center while you lift it up. HINT: do not buy the expensive furniture felt at the hardware store, be smart, buy the self stick felt at the craft store and cut it into strips and it will stick just fine to the legs. AND it will be in fun colors. Purple and pink are under the entertainment center. Orange is under the lamp and couch. Enlist the help of EVERYONE in the house to move the entertainment center back into place so you don’t scratch the floor (felt is in place) and so you don’t get it caught on the plastic and mess that up. Move the couch back in place but since it is 1/2 on and 1/2 off, use some un-re-usable scraps of flooring under the other legs so you aren’t sitting lopsided on it.
Step 8: (no photo) pile all the tools and re-usable scraps in the recliner to deal with later and clean up to go work the concession stand at the football game. 🙂