Posted to Homestead by Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO
on 9/12/2008 1:32:48 PM
Hardwood needs to be in before trim so we’ve working franticly working away. I was going to have it installed (we already have the wood) but most of the companies will only install their own product…something about their warranty. The bids I did get where high. And only had installed our type of wood before and knew what he was talking about. His bid….$3,825…figures to $4.50 per foot for installation, stain and seal. Not horrible but more than we budgeted. We asked for $3,000 cash but we’re met with a response of “My price is my price.” So off we went to install the floor.
8:30 – Mike drops one kid at school while I gather everything required for the long day with the baby
9:00 – feed the baby
9:30 – Mike at job site to see what we need
9:30 – I pick up nail gun at rental shop
10:00 – and $137.50 poorer (or gun rental and cleats) we meet at home depot for supplies, Caulk Line (only because we can’t find ours), Paper (to protect floors after installed), Tape, Glue and trowel…yes glue…we are installing wide plank floors (it’s recommended that for any planks over 4 inches to use glue and nails/staples so you don’t get popping or squeaking when walked across and it helps to reduce cupping) Dropped another $80 here
11:00 – back at home for things I forgot
11:30 – back at job site – prepping area
12:00 – Feed the baby
1:00 – back to home improvement store for a new Shop Vac, nails for the nail gun (for boars that require face nailing) and something else that was important at the time but I’ve forgotten about now….down another $95
1:30 – back at the site and ready to work…it’s been 4 hours and we have 3…yes 3 boards in………………….it’s going to be a VERY long day.
4:00 – kid home from school and time to feed the baby – we’ve gotten about 3’ done in the living room and about 2’ done in the entry hall.
5:15 – off to grab dinner and drop the kiddo at gymnastics.
6:15 – back with dinner for Mike….I’m sick of being in the car and I sick of listing to Hannah Montana, it was actually 10 minutes after I dropped off the 6 year old that I realized I’m still listing to this and the kid is no longer in the car…It’s been a long day.
7:30 – back out to pick the kid up from Gymnastics
8:00 – feed the baby…the poor girl, she actually got used to the pops of the nail gun and the sound of the air compressor and managed to get a nap in.
8:30 – back to see progress Mike has made and clean up.
SO at the end of the day…we managed to get about 3’ into the living room (the largest room) and all but three boards in the entry installed. The process of having to back butter each board with glue is truly slowing the processes down. And we were working on the part that required the most cuts. We spent….$37.50 to rent the nail gun and based on what we got done today will need to rent it for about 5 more days….$37.50 x 5 = $187.50 and that’s a guess. We also only have two days a week that we can work on the house all day. The other days we could only work in the evenings. If we rent it will take three more weeks to get the floors done.
So we spent the next 4 days looking for a nail gun to buy. Checked the local hardware stores…not much to pick from. Options are manual ones or way too expensive ones. Checked Craig’s List – they have three listed. First one I call, listed for $100…”Sold it Yesterday”, Story of my life. Second one, listed for $180 non negotiable – no response from the seller and the ad was gone the next day, guess they sold it. Third one, listed at $360 (can buy for $425 new…not much of a discount) He decided to keep it. So we search the city again. Find one, but it can’t be picked up until 10:30.
10:30 - Mike runs out to get it, baby in tow, say by-by to another $375
11:00 – I’m off to work
12:00 – Mike stops by my work to leave me the baby and eat lunch before getting to work on the floors.
1:00 – Installation Continues
4:00 – Kid home from school, I’m sure she’s a big help with the installation.
6:15 – I stop by to see how things are going on the floor – Progress has been made, Entry is done and 4 more feet completed in the living room
7:00 – Take the kids home (the home with wash room facilities and food) to get dinner and feed the baby. Also had to grab another adapter for the lights.
8:00 – back at job site, Mike breaks for dinner and is back to work.
8:20 ish - One more board is installed and the nail gun jams.
Boy is it jammed. He works and works on it but can not figure it out, can see it but knows there is a nail stuck in it. It’s almost 9pm now and I suggest stopping for the day and taking the gun home to clear the jam. We get home, I get the kids to bed and Mike works on the gun…oh, there is no manual…not even a parts diagram. Mike manages to get ‘part’ of the nail out. Okay, where is the other half? And the gun still does not work.
2 ½ hours latter I know now how to take apart and reassemble the nail gun. We had to take the entire gun apart to get to the jam, and it was really jammed. Two nails stuck in the exit path. Sent a note to the manufacturer for a manual and asked that they call for help. They called the next day to tell us how to get it out…which was to take the gun apart. The nice tool technician said that the gun is under warranty and we can get a new one if we want…not a bad idea. Probably will after were done.
8:30 – leave to drop the kiddo at school, Mike leave for the job site
9:15 – at the site, start installing boards
11:00 – Hardware run for more glue, feed the baby and grab some lunch - $96 down, not counting lunch.
4:15 – Kiddo home from school
5:15 – its Thursday so we do the gymnastic running around again. I’m back and forth to the job between 5:15 and 6:30 with food. Mike’s making progress.
7:30 – Nail gun jams! I think it may be union and has a quitting time. He works on it for a little while and manages to clear the jam.
8:00 – pick up time from gymnastics and I head home to get the kids homework done and off to bed.
9:00 – Mike home, sooner than I thought and I’m hesitant to ask if we still own a nail gun… He said he stopped when he got to the heat registers so he could do the measuring and cutting with more light available. And we need more glue
We got a lot done today, all but 4 feet of the living room and kitchen, all but about a foot of the master bedroom (including the closet). We work on it again Saturday evening with the goal of finishing the master bedroom and starting in the second bedroom. We’d finish the living room but there is a big stack of wood in the area left and we really don’t want to have to move it twice…it’s getting smaller as we install the other rooms.
Budget wise…or not so wise…We’re in the neighborhood of $785 and will need at least two more pails of glue so we’ll be just over $900 once installation is done. Hope is that trim can be in next week.