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MKR: Project Grossness

July 28, 2008

If you are ever feeling a lack of disgustingness in your life, I suggest that you rip up your old kitchen floors.  And making sure that your kitchen is more than 60 years old will help you achieve maximum grossness.

Step one in replacing the kitchen floor = ripping up what was already there = absolutely nasty

Going in, we knew that the floors were linoleum. We also knew (or were 95% sure) there was at least one other floor underneath that linoleum. Bossman Mom and resident HGTV expert informed us that we could not lay tile over the existing floor because in order for things to be sound, you cannot have more than two floors laid down at a time. Apparently the previous owners did not have the same knowledge because we ripped up two layers of linoleum and one layer of peel-n-stick flooring.  I am guessing that one of those linoleom layers was the original floor…it was almost indistinguishable as a floor, but a hint of octagonal pattern peeked out at us once we pulled out the stove.  It took us (read: Dad) about an hour to rip out each layer using a combo of brut strength and a crowbar. He did find a wedding  band in the mess.  Makes me wonder about all the past owners of this place, what were they like? What did they do? Why did they install the front door’s chain lock on backwards?

Once all the big pieces were ripped up and thrown out on the lawn, we tried to chisel out the stubborn pieces so we could get to the nice (I am using the term loosely), even concrete base.  After thirty minutes work only cleared an area about the size of a piece of toast, we knew what we had to do.  We had to go find a ho(e). A professional that could blow through that mess quickly. Heh.

A field trip to the Ho(me) Depot, turned up several options. I didn’t like the look of the ho(es), plus they were expensive! But what I did spy was what looked like a garden version of an over sized ice scrapper, it looked perfect for scrapping hardened gunk off concrete and it was only $12!  Done.  Screw those $20 ho(es)…who needs ’em?

Back home with my new weapon (I seriously think it will replace the hockey stick that currently resides next to my bed), three of us took turns scrapping crap off the floor.  Being that this was last week when it was 100 degrees outside and that I don’t have central air, just two wall units neither of which is in the kitchen, it was ridiculously sweaty work, scrapping up that floor.  It took most of the afternoon getting the floor into something we could use.

Next step was to lay down the subfloor, we used 1/2″ backer board to keep things level with the wood floor in the dining area and to help retard anything the decides it wants to grown under the tiles.  Dad and little bro D scored and snapped the pieces in place and then D and I slapped down the mortar to cement in the backer board.

Viola! A sub floor.

Next: Laying the tiles.


Read about my electrical woes and more kitchen renovation adventures by clicking here
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2008 7:47 am

    HO(ly) CRAP!!!!!!! God Bless your family!!!!! I hope you have plans to make them the most spectacular dinner and baked good when this is all over in you brand spankin new kitchen!!!

  2. Quagmire permalink
    July 29, 2008 11:58 am

    You can take them to Bennigan’s. Oh wait…

    Effective immediately all Bennigan’s restaurants are closed for business.

    The chain owns and operates around 800 Bennigan’s across America.

  3. Buggie permalink
    July 29, 2008 10:49 pm

    Can they do my kitchen floor next?

  4. Matt permalink
    July 31, 2008 3:30 pm

    There’s something really nice about finding out someone before you did an awful job at something, causing you to have to put in extra work to make sure it’s perfect. When you’re done it’s like, “wow, not only did I do it well, but I did it correctly, and better than them!”

    AND got a gold ring out of the deal! Sweet!

  5. July 31, 2008 8:50 pm

    Harms – I try to thank them at every turn. But yes I owe them! HUGE!

    Bug – No way! They are doing my bedroom next!

    Matt – No freakin’ lie.

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