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New house projects

Well, we bought our new house on Oct. 10th and went right to work on the things we wanted to change. There weren't a lot of things, but we picked some doozies. First, we decided to remove the wallpaper in the dining room and main hallway. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, the hallway runs from the first floor up the stairwell and down the second floor hallway as well. It's a good 500 square feet or so. Next, we decided to remove the carpeting from the living room and dining room. The new floor arrived on Thursday (Oct. 16th), but it needed to sit in the house for 2-3 days before installation can begin.
I removed the wallpaper last weekend, but wanted no part in spackling and sanding so we hired two guys to do that part and paint. We're also having them paint the dining room since we didn't really like the color in there. The guys started on Thursday night (about 4:30pm until 9pm) and then worked Friday from about 10:30am until about 1pm, and then they came back and worked from 4:30pm until 9:30pm or so. Saturday was just one of them from about 10am until 2pm. They've got a bit more work to do, so we're hoping it's all wrapped up by Wednesday.
My father and I began installing the hardwood floor today (Sunday). We tried doing it without renting a hardwood floor nail gun, but for $25/day from Home Depot, I thought it was worth a shot. I'm glad we did it because once we had that thing in play, we started making really good progress in the living room. We're about half way across the room now and should have it completed by lunch time or so tomorrow (I hope). Then we can start into the dining room. I'm taking off from work tomorrow to assist with the floor, so who knows, maybe we'll get both rooms done tomorrow?!
After these two projects are done, we want to stain the steps that lead to the second floor. It doesn't seem like that will be a big deal. We also want to change the hardware in the kitchen (the handles and things on the cabinets). Shouldn't be a big deal either, but can get expensive.
And we're shooting for moving in on Saturday the 25th. I need to secure a truck rental for that day. I just hope we can get everything ready by then so we can start living in the new house!

More later,

Mark

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