It’s time to do more house renovation explosions. Yeah! I actually only say yeah because I know that it doesn’t involve mouse turds galore raining down on our heads (which in turn makes me want to take a bath in bleach). Last week we did two major trips to home improvement stores to get a boatload of supplies for some upcoming projects.
One of the quick projects that we wanted to get done before it got cold was ripping out the wood flooring under the wood stove and installing new subfloor/underlayment. Doing that little job would then allow us to move out the kitchen wall and maybe (be still my beating heart!) add some new drywall to this section of the house.
This is actually the second time that we have had to move the wood stove since we installed it for various home improvement tasks (and it won’t be the last). Thank goodness for my dad’s motorcycle jack is all I can say.
After ripping out trim and cutting off the bottom inch of the wall paneling, Lee then starts the fun job of removing the old wood floor. The oak is in really bad shape so we aren’t trying to save it for reuse. Instead it will go in our firewood pile.
What can I say, our house requires big rubber boots to work in. Okay, not really, but I am very excited for the day that I can walk barefoot in our house. Here I am picking up nails with a really small magnet that is attached to a string. Now why would I do something like that? 1.) My back was sore from bending over. 2.) Our shop vac gets nail hair balls stuck in it’s hose when you try to vacuum them up.
Last summer when we had all the work done on our house, part of what was done was some jacking to get the place level. Well, the guys doing it did wonders, but there is only so much you can do with an old house. At least it doesn’t feel like you are skiing downhill anymore in some parts of the house. Since the floor by the stove still wasn’t level, Lee added cut and fit shingles to further level the floor. (Up to 4 layers thick in places.) With that done, we whipped out the the construction adhesive and screws, and the new plywood tongue and groove subfloor was laid down. This will act both as a stronger subfloor and as the smooth underlayment surface for a future wood floor.