Removing Carpet April 8th, 2012

Since today is one of the rare days that I have completely off from work, I started on a project that I’ve been wanting to do for years.  Removing this butt awful carpet, that’s been in the living room since 1974, I think.
I’ve been putting it off over the years because this room was always full of furniture and I really didn’t know what to do with them while I was getting the carpet out.  Now that I don’t have that much in the way of furniture, seemed like it’s a good a time as any to tackle this job.
Since I’m by myself, I decided to cut the carpet in sections, roll it up, duct tape it, and move it outside for trash pickup tomorrow.
It was pretty nasty.  The carpet cut really easy and was dry rotted in places.  The padding was paper thin and stuck to the concrete in spots.
I don’t know what possessed me to think that the concrete underneath would be in a uniform color.  It was stained and painted in some spots.  I’ll have to read up on how to prepare this concrete slab for painting.
Then there is this 1/2 inch space along the walls that I need to fill in.  I don’t know what to do about the nails.  When I tried to pull them out, chunks of concrete broke off.  I tried to drive the nails in all the way, but couldn’t.  I might need to get a bigger hammer.
Taddaaa!!   Good bye and good riddens!!
I covered the concrete up as much as I could with the rugs that I had.  Not too bad for right now, until I get ready to paint it.  I’m waiting for a couple of warm days where I can keep the windows and doors open while I paint.
I took my little greenhouse out of the kitchen and into the backyard.  Nice to have the kitchen back.
Hopefully, the wind won’t knock it down!
It’s 6 PM and I’m done for today.  Fixed myself a nice cup of coffee and sat out in the front yard for a bit.  Couldn’t resist taking a photo of my little visitor.
It was pretty funny how he let me take the photos….taking a few steps, looking at me…taking a few more steps….looking back at me.  It was like he was posing for me. 🙂

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