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.

5 comments:

Kelly said...

Trying to keep my eyes on the beautiful flooring in your picture. The lack of railing by the stairwell makes my heart drop a bit ...

Debby said...

I do have to say, the missing railing made me scream a little in my head. Of course, just last week, I missed a step on a deck and went flying. The first thing I envisioned was flying once again.

Your floor looks nice. You do good work.

Ed said...

Kelly and Debby - Don't worry, the couch sits there and protects it but was slid out of the way to floor underneath and take the picture.

Bob said...

Heh, heh. Women (especially ones who are also mothers) tend to get excited over little details like no railings. I think it’s an interesting look! And I’m with them — the floor is beautiful.

Ed said...

Bob - I would be worried too if having the couch block 100% of it wasn't normal for us. I have a few loose ends to tie up maybe the first part of this week but I am hoping to have a 2 x 4 and some temporary posts in place later this week until I can get the final posts built.