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Backbreaking work

Yesterday, we got the basement carpet up. It had been more or less dry for a couple of days, but we missed the mold deadline by a long way, so it had to go. No underlay, just 675 square feet of stubborn, unyielding fabric, glued fast to the floor. It may not sound like much, but boy did it take some shifting. Every slice of carpet stuck to the concrete like a great sticky thing that didn't want to let go of the...er thing it was stuck to.
It didn't help having to work around the furniture, but after three-and-a-half-hours of sweaty, exhausting work,  our once comfy carpet was cut into managable pieces and placed in a couple of dozen extra large garbage sacks.

The basement floor's a mess now. Lots of glue (and a few bits of carpet underside) remain, but that's a job for another day. For now, I'll just enjoy the lack of stinky basement smell and console myself with the knowledge that it could have been so much worse - I might have had to take the carpet up myself instead of just fetching cold drinks for the folks who actually did the work.

How's your weekend going?





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smeddley
Sep. 4th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Awwww, I was about to feel sorry for you, but them... ;p As a person who HAS pulled up two rooms of carpeting (and put back laminate flooring) I can say it really is no fun - AND the back side of carpeting is rather scratchy...

As for me, this will hopefully be a week of mudding, sanding, and tile work to reclaim my bathroom!
jongibbs
Sep. 4th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Best of luck :)
snapes_angel
Sep. 4th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
My weekend went on vacation without me, and has no intention of sending at least a postcard.
jongibbs
Sep. 4th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
blood_of_winter
Sep. 4th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
lol...next time im breaking my back moving furniture and books, and ripping up carpet like we did this weekend, i know who to call...to bring me drinks!
jongibbs
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
If I can be of any help at all, you're in worse trouble than you think :)
ladysaotome
Sep. 4th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Youch - no fun at all! Hmm, my weekend's been going pretty nicely. Until I got pulled over last night by a police officer to be informed my tags are expired! O_O Luckily he let me off with just a warning but I know what I'm doing first thing Tuesday! It ruined my night anyway. Hubby says I don't have enough experience being pulled over - he thought it was pretty funny how traumatized I was...
jongibbs
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
At least the nice policeman let you off :)
serge_lj
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, the joy of carpet displacement!
jongibbs
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
On the plus siude, it beats shovelling snow :)
asakiyume
Sep. 4th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ughhh, so sorry to hear about the carpet in the basement. Dreadful :-(

My weekend is much less eventful, I'm happy to report. I'm writing a little. Later today I will pull up some poison ivy.
jongibbs
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you remembered to wear gloves :)
asakiyume
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Dang! I knew I was forgetting something! And that explains this HORRIBLE ITCHING :D
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jongibbs
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
The basement sure smells better without it. Enjoy your holiday :)
yolospat
Sep. 4th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oy, sorry to hear of all your troubles! I hope everything dries up fast and there is little damage!
jongibbs
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Nothing too serious, just carpet :)
msstacy13
Sep. 4th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Not that it's any consolation,
but I've been listening to my landlord removing carpet upstairs
for several weeks.
jongibbs
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Upstairs? I hope it wasn't flooded!
msstacy13
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Some of it did get wet when the pipe upstairs leaked,
but all of it had to be replaced anyway.
writerjenn
Sep. 4th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I went hiking today, and in this particular area we saw that Irene had not even come close to doing the damage that Hurricane Floyd did, several years ago. So I guess Irene saved her worst for elsewhere.

I'm also catching up on laundry and bill-paying, post-vacation. And revising my latest ms.

Glad your carpet is gone at last!
jongibbs
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
So am I :)
temporus
Sep. 5th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Spent Saturday morning helping my old roommates go through the ruins of their home and sort everything into two big piles. That which was over the 4 1/2 foot flood line and therefore salvageable, and everything else.

The everything else had to be hauled out to the curb and thrown out. Thankfully, many good folks arrived to help, and a lot was accomplished. Unfortunately, it is just one step in many. There's much, much more work to be done.
jongibbs
Sep. 5th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ouch!
xjenavivex
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had to pull all that up. Carpet glue is an unforgiving, stubborn mess. In a story you might could use the metaphor.
jongibbs
Sep. 8th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Unforgiving? stubborn? Sounds like my old gran ;)
chant_1
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Oh, no, Jon - you had storm damage? I'm so sorry to hear that! I've been scarce around these parts and am now woefully behind, so I hope that the basement carpet was the worst of it! We were lucky and got off unscathed. Water in the garage, but that's not new for us so there's nothing that can be damaged down near the floor...
jongibbs
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kim. Some friends of mine had it far worse (as of last Saturday, they still hadn't been allowed back in their home), so we're not complaining (too much) ;)
chant_1
Sep. 13th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Oh, no...there was so much devastation from this storm...really heartbreaking to see peoples' belongings stacked alongside the road for the trash, waterlines up by the windows. I hope your friends are allowed back home soon, and don't find too much damage!
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