|Dining Room floor after tile removal|
|Kitchen floor after tile removal|
|Kitchen Floor after tile removal|
It's not that we weren't
|All that danger lead to the "Shoe Rule", where no one walks in our house without shoes on, ever.|
Why did we need to lay a new sub-floor on top of the one we just unearthed from tons of concrete? Well, since we had removed over an inch and a half of surface from the original sub-floors, we had to lay down a new layer of wood to raise the height in those areas back up and make the floors all the same, level height. We actually had to go up a 1/2" in the foyer to be level with the Living Room, and we needed just a 1/4" in the Dining Room and Kitchen. Plus, the original sub-floors might have taken a little beating from all that chiseling and sledgehammering, so putting a nice strong layer on top of them would really help reinforce the surface. Not to mention that no amount of scraping was ever going to get every bit of concrete and nail out of the original floors, so placing a new one on top provided us with a nice, smooth surface for our new floors. Oh- but there still was scraping, and plenty of it!
|Close up of a section full of nails, leftover concrete and lath.|
As the more exact member of team One Project at a Time, I was the designated measurer and cutter of the new sub-floor pieces. The idea is to cut your pieces so that they lay directly on top of the floor joists. This way we could fasten them all the way into the joists, and not just the sub-floor below, for a strong, sturdy floor. This is made a little trickier, however, because you do not want to just follow the same pattern as the floor below, but stagger the seams for more strength. Throw in some wonky air vents, corners and room transitions and you've got a lot of complicated cuts in large 4' x 8' sheets of wood that need to be cut just perfectly. After explaining this, Jason was more than happy to be "The Scraper."
Here's a close up on my tools:
1. B-C Rated Plywood to correct thickness (1/2" in Foyer and 1/4" in Kitchen and Dining Room) with smooth side laid up.
2. 4' T-Square for measuring exact placement of cuts on the board. This tool was priceless.
3. Jig Saw for cutting small and difficult areas
4. Circular saw for cutting long and straight pieces.
5. Measuring Tape. (I needed about 3 of these, as I was constantly asking, have you seen my tape? I need to finally unpack the tool belts!)
6. Mechanical pencil for always sharp, exact measurement lines.
7. Note pad where I sketched out all my pieces and measurements before cutting. (For me, it was good to have a visual.)
8. Saw Horses. I actually had 2 saw horses and 1 small work table, which worked well to balance my huge sheets of plywood, and avoided one side crashing down after I made a cut.
And for those of you who keep asking how we are able to get some much work done with a 2 year old in the house, here's the answer:
The truth is, he loves DIY as much as we do, and for the most part is a little expert at staying where he should, touching only what he is allowed to touch and just hanging out and watching the action. His favorite thing was watching me cut the big pieces with the saw from his designated safety zone of the step, (as long as he had his protective ear wear on.) He's also sporting his "Fireman Boots" to make sure his feet were safe. Hey- that's where my tape measure went....
|Kitchen in Progress|
|Foyer in Progress|
|Dining Room in Progress|
It was a little slow going since it took us nearly a half an hour prior to laying each 4' x 8' sheet to completely scrape and clean that area, but it was all coming together nicely. Eventually we had this:
|Kitchen Eating Area Complete!|