Oh joy! Progress is being made…floors are being laid. Now that the walls and ceiling are patched and painted, we’ve moved onto the flooring. When you’re in the middle of a do it yourself project, especially one that involves plumbing and you’re down to only one toilet in the house, you want to get another toilet working sooner rather than later. We’re really starting to make progress and it’s very exciting.
Sub-flooring was the first step. We had to lay a thin layer of plywood (1/4″ x 4′ x 8′) on top of the old flooring. You have no idea how much dust can fall down to the only working bathroom you have in the basement below when you hammer nails every few inches. Yes, friends, a home built in 1914 has accumulated a lot of dust and when it’s hammer time, it all falls down. (I can honestly tell you, this nearly broke me. The only working bathroom in our home was completely covered in 98-year-old dust and debris. It was not pretty.)
Yes, the kids helped hammer nails, too. I loved hearing my husband explain to our teens how to hammer in a nail. He told them, “Hammer a nail much like you tackle a problem in life – hit it head on, straight on the head.” Good advice.
It’s a lot easier cutting holes in Marmoleum and fabric than it is to cut holes in plywood to fit around plumbing fixtures.
On the plus side, being a sewer really helps when it comes to Marmoleum flooring. You can cut/score the flooring with a fabric rotary cutter.
After you place the big squares, you fill in with smaller pieces of flooring. Apply the glue and press into place. Once you have a section done, you use this very heavy roller to press the flooring in place.
It has been a real hassle with the bathtub being in the bathroom for the project. Since it takes 4 people to move the tub, several times we’ve had to wait for both of our kids to get home from school so that they could help move it. One day we called our neighbors to come over. Our neighbors dropped everything to lend a hand. Well, I suppose it was 4 hands. There were two of them.
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