Carpets Be Gone!

In an effort to cleanse the house, we tore out the carpet in the one bedroom. It was pretty simple even though this was our first time doing this. Took the two of us 1 hour. Not too shabby! (note: the room is slightly smaller than 10×10)

First J would gently lift the carpet off the tackboards and cut 1.5-2ft strips. We found cutting on the back side was easier. After he cut the strips, I cut them up into smaller pieces (so that they’d fit into the garbage can). I don’t know if people ever donate carpet pieces, but this one smelled smokey I’m sure, so I wouldn’t want to donate that.

After all the carpet was gone, we removed the padding. This time we just rolled up the similarly cut strips because they weren’t as bulky as carpet would’ve been rolled up. Lastly, we pried off the tackboards and pulled up staples (which held the padding in place).

Some things I learned:
-Bring the masks that you bought at the store instead of leaving them at home.
-Cut the carpet into pieces or rolls so it’s easier to move them out.
-Be gentle when you remove stuff so dust doesn’t fly everywhere.
-A pry bar is preferred over using a flat head screwdriver when removing the tackboards.
-Removing staples with pliers is kind of a pain, but necessary to do.
-Wear protective eye gear so that dust doesn’t get into you eyes.
-Carpet and padding should fit in your garbage bin if you make the pieces reasonably sized (no paying for extra dumping).

More adventures to come!

Scarf Girl, getting handy.

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