updating…

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happy Monday ( 31 Oct, ’16) I think I’m overdue to use this space again, so I’ll be trying this method that allows posts and editing from my mobile phone. 

Thanks, first of all, to Scott Henley, Henley Construction, Inc. for keeping steady work on my schedule. thanks to him also for being obsessed about quality, at least as much as I am. 

I’ll be posting pics as we work, as well as my own projects I complete. my initial postings will have no set schedule, but that may change as needed. 

Carpet to Hardwood

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lamnate floor 1

Carpet to be removed, top left

While carpets can provide resilient padding beneath tumbling toddlers, and a warm, cozy surface for children playing on the floor, they can also release dust and fumes that cause sniffles, headaches and other health problems.

Wall-to-wall carpeting, which is secured to the floor, cannot be picked up for washing, but that’s only part of the problem. It’s important to keep in mind that wall-to-wall carpet is really a carpeting system, which includes the backing, underlay and various glues. Many synthetic carpeting systems, such as those using nylon or polyester fiber, contain toxic chemicals derived from petroleum.

These “volatile organic chemicals,” or VOCs, can evaporate, or “offgas” out of carpets into the air we breathe, says John Bower, author of “The Healthy House Book (Healthy House Institute, 2001). Often, the glues, backing or carpet pads can be more problematic than the carpet itself. VOCs (also emitted by many cleaners, pesticides, paints, sealants, and pressed woods) are heavier than air. Therefore, along with tracked or blown-in-dust and soot, they settle on the floor — and into carpets. Because children play on the floor, if there’s anything troublesome in the carpet, they get the brunt of it.

laminate floor 2

Laminated hardwood floor, where the carpet was.

The first picture shows the room in question, to the left.  I removed the carpet, as well as the underlying foam and original glue.

 

This second picture shows the same room in question, at a very similar angle, and shows a very clean, shiny and well installed floor.

 

From Carpet to Hardwood

kitchen

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Cabinet and island

I recently completed this project. On this one I installed the cabinets, counter top and island as well as finished the floor, trim and paint. Once again I can describe this one with one word: quality.