New Hardwood Floors – Day 4 (Job Done)

Master Bedroom - Only shoe molding remainsThis morning I awoke to the site of my wardrobe looming over me in bed. All I could think of was the old guy scene in “2001: A Space Odyssey” when he’s at the end of his years with the monolith at the foot of his bed…

The adhesive smell was faint in the air but not nearly anything we were concerned about. We *did* leave the windows open (our mattress heating pad being very much appreciated) overnight just to be safe.

The shoe molding has been installed and the job is pretty much finished, at least from the Enhance Floor Trends point of view. There is one small trouble spot that we’re going to have to have them back to resolve where the floor is uneven at the join of the two hallways. More to come on that I’m sure.

Besides that, all that remains now is to go ahead and paint the shoe molding in those rooms that were already the way we like and to finish decorating the remaining ones. We’ll be painting the gym and the TV room wholly different and (I’m told) exciting colors. 🙂

So here are what the floors look like (hover for descriptions):
Mich's OfficeGymFront HallBack HallTV RoomMaster BedroomMichelle's ClosetMarc's ClosetMarc's ClosetBack RoomBack walk-in closetGuest Room

Posted under On the Home Front

This post was written by Marc
on March 31, 2009 at 9:42 am

Decided to NOT buy a new car, will row instead

Burger StandI was very interested in buying a Honda CR-V and shopped around for a few Internet quotes. These compared as modestly favorable but I really did not see the “fantastic” deals that folks (Clark Howard et. al.) have been talking about. I was able to get a best price, out the door, of about $26,807.14. This really isn’t bad. But my venerable 1997 Honda Odyssey is still more than up to the task of getting me from A to B in comfort. It still looks great and has been paid off for nearly 7 years.

If I were out to buy a used car, I could do a LOT worse than to pick up my current Odyssey (156,000 miles on it) and drive it for another 4 or 5 years. I just spent $630 to correct an oil leak and replace an axle piece which means I’ve spent $1,300 this year on the Odyssey. With age, I expect that I’ll eventually be spending much more than that on this car, but for now it’s still WAY cheaper and just as comfortable as a new vehicle.

So, instead, I went out and picked up a new Concept2 model D (with PM3 performance monitor). I used to use a similar rower (Model B, I believe) when I frequented the gym at Canada Life in Toronto. It was a solid performer and I used the rowing as a great warm up to my workout du jour.

Posted under Fitness, Opinions, Retail Experiences

This post was written by Marc
on March 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

Quotes

I heard this on one of my podcasts and I thought it was pithy and relevant:

Science flies us to the moon, religion flies us into builldings.
—  Victor Stenger

Posted under Metaphysics, Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on March 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Barbie at 50: Cougar Barbie

I saw this on a friend’s facebook page an thought it was hysterically funny!

After outing Ken as a homosexual, living a shallow Malibuesqe lifestyle and partying with plastic friends for decades, what’s left for Barbie than to try to recapture her glory days? 🙂

Posted under Amusing

This post was written by Marc
on March 29, 2009 at 11:06 am

Crash pilot who paused to pray is convicted

I am a private pilot, so I have only a fraction of a the training and responsibility that a commercial pilot requires. But it is completely incomprehensible to me that a professional pilot should act so cavalierly towards his charges.

I can’t imagine throwing up my hands and not working until the last possible moment to save all those lives that are depending on my skills.

Obviously, I don’t have the full story. However, to me it seems that this is another answer to the question, “What’s the Harm?” if people want to subscribe to silly, superstitious nonsense.

And don’t even get me started on the Pope’s recent baloney trying to justify the Catholic Church’s antipathy towards condoms by claiming they *increase* the likelihood of aids…

Posted under Metaphysics, Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on March 25, 2009 at 9:01 am

New Hardwood Floors – Day 3

They got a lot more accomplished on day 3 than I expected. When Danyel and I spoke in the morning we discussed only the hallways, master bedroom and the TV room. As it was, the hallways, master bedroom, back room, guest room, gym and about 1/3 of Michelle’s office was floored by the time they left.

The LayersI’m certainly no expert but, from my perspective, it looks like the work is being done with due professionalism and care. Each step from the pulling of the carpet to the prep through to the laying of the wood has flowed with no obvious problems or issues.

The adhesive being used is not nearly so bad as I had expected. I’m working from home through this whole process and there is plastic separating the “under construction” part of the house from the rest. But the adhesive smell is reminiscent of being back in grade school at those little desks working with LePages glue-all (that white glue that is ubiquitous in classrooms throughout North America).

I do keep my windows open, and have been leaving the back door open so the cats can “escape” from the noise and activity as needed. Maverick just melts into the background and appears only now and then for no reason that I can think of. Phoebe is constantly on patrol. Whenever there is a loud noise she trots *toward* it in a guarded fashion. She always wants to be part of the action.

So here is what things look like now:

Michelle's Office - 1/3 doneGym - Only shoe molding remainsFront Hall  - Only shoe molding remainsBack Hall - Only shoe molding remainsGuest Bedroom - Only shoe molding remainsMaster Bedroom - Only shoe molding remainsBack Room - Only shoe molding remainsBack Room Closet - Only shoe molding remains

Posted under On the Home Front

This post was written by Marc
on March 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

New Hardwood Floors – Day 1 (and Day 2)

Crumb!  I just realized that I had totally messed up my focus on the “before” pictures and now it’s too late to retake them. 🙁  I’ve been pretty tired lately with this renovation prep and didn’t even notice when I was viewing the pics online on a real screen!! Sorry! Hopefully the pictures can still convey the essence of what I’m describing.

Day 1

At the start of Day 1 all of our stuff was piled up in the living room and garage
All our Stuff - GarageAll our stuff - Living Room

The morning had the carpeting being pulled out and then the underlying slab assessed. This is where the additional $1,100 prep came from when we found that the slab bore more resemblance to a Six Flags roller coaster than it does to something one might term as “flat”.
Carpet Removed - GymCarpet Removed - Back HallCarpet Removed - Back RoomPrep indicators - Back Hall

So, after agreements were made the crew was able to start the prep work which involved a LOT of leveling cement.
Leveling Cement - Michelle's officeLeveling Cement - GymLeveling Cement - Main HallLeveling Cement - Back HallLeveling Cement - TV RoomLeveling Cement - Guest BedroomLeveling Cement - Master BedroomLeveling Cement - Back Room

Day 2

It was found that the cement was largely too wet to proceed Danyel (I think that’s how you spell his name), the team leader was using this slick device to measure the moisture content in all of the floors. Ideally the moisture needs to be below 4 (percent I believe) and ideally below 2. Many of the patches on the floor were pegging the meter. It went to 6.

So they did some cleanup of the thinner patched portions and did a bunch of grinding but were out of here by about 11 am. I needed leave the furnace on much higher than usual for the rest of the day and overnight to encourage the cement to dry.

Our Cadre of Smoke DetectorsOne thing I hadn’t thought of was that you really need to disable or remove your smoke detectors before the grinding begins. Ditto for when they start cutting wood later. There is a LOT of fine dust that is generated.

Posted under On the Home Front

This post was written by Marc
on March 20, 2009 at 9:53 am