Friday, March 27, 2020
Waiting But Not Waiting
After getting the grout applied, I was hoping to seal it the next day and start rehanging the exhaust vent and peeling the protective plastic off our countertops. The directions to the grout weren't very clear on this issue so I turned to the internet and most seem to say that you need to wait 48 hours. So while waiting, I decided to progress on the flooring issue.
The flooring stopped at the hallway entrance to our living room seen in the background. The flooring in the dining room was stopped just short of the entrance of the dining room to the living room where I was standing to snap this photo. I have been mulling connecting these two into one long string of boards that were straight for quite some time and thinking about all the ways it could go wrong. But I decided today would be the day I would figure out those ways. I cut my existing railing into two pieces and hauled out the top part and go busy laying down flooring. As it turned out, joining the two floors into one was a pretty ho-hum event. They lined up perfectly and I was able to continue on towards the far walls in our living and dining rooms.
For now, we slid our couch back to where the missing railing is to protect people from heading downstairs inadvertently. Fairly soon, I hope to figure out the location of my yet to be built railing posts and screw the metal support posts for them into place. Then I can screw some 2 x 4's into place until I can focus on the railing part of the project.
As I write this however, we are closing in on the 48 hour mark so I plan on sealing up the grout and putting the kitchen back in order before proceeding any further on the flooring.