Some folks noticed my absence around here for the past several days. I assure you, it was nothing any one here said or did. I was just…wait for it…busy!
Well, a week ago Tuesday, we were having internet issues at work, so that limited me to visiting via my phone (which I really hate). But starting Wednesday, May 1, I took off three days from work so that I would have a total of 5 days (including the weekend) to install new laminate flooring throughout our main floor (kitchen, dining, hallway, and living room). I had originally estimated the job to take 4 days, but left an extra day cushion.
But I quickly ran into two problems:
The existing vinyl flooring that came with the house was installed over a 1/4" subfloor. This meant laying the laminate directly over the vinyl would not be possible since there was too much of a height difference between previously carpeted areas.
My body, now 46 years old, apparently doesn’t appreciate the level of manual labor that it once did when it was 30 (the last time I did laminate flooring installation in my previous house).
As a result, I was working 12-14 hour days for 5 days and STILL didn’t finish. But I had to return to work yesterday and today, so I’m left with evenings to finish the work. Well, today should be the day when the flooring will be completely installed! (I’ll still have to go back and do some touch up painting on the base moulding eventually.) I think I nearly died in the process, due to the fact that each “morning after” I’ve woken up so stiff I could barely stand up!
All said, though, it means I saved at LEAST $1200 that I would have paid to have a professional do the installation. And this is important to these forums because it shows the dedication I have to the cause. That $1200 saved will help finance our upcoming Disney trips!
So, what does a guy spend his money on when he’s not spending on Disney? New flooring for his home? Yep! Paying someone else to install the new flooring in his home? NO WAY!
BTW, after I finish up (hopefully tonight), I’ll post some photos of the final result of my efforts. In the meantime, I hope you all survived without me for almost a week! (Or, on the other end of the spectrum, didn’t party too hard in my absence!)