Rich came over last night at helped me pull up the plywood floor in the living room…. discovered two things:
1) I’m definitely doing the right thing pulling up all the crap floor to get at the hard wood.
2) It might take longer than I thought.
The floor in the living room looks… right. It’s definitely the right choice to fix it an go with that floor. It is fire damaged and I’ll need to replace about 8 boards, but the boards that are in good shape are flat, & smooth and should clean up great. And they will look like the historical period of the house! Awesome. It will not be that hard to do and I will have tremendous satisfaction from it. According to some guys in the neighborhood who had a fire in their living room too, I should go ahead with the sanding before the board replacement, because some of the boards I’m thinking need replace might be just fine when the top layer is sanded down.
The “longer than I thought” part… I will probably only be able to do the downstairs before I get moved in. Rich and I worked 4.5 hours and there’s still one corner of the living room I have to do. I might be able to get the foyer ripped up this weekend, and the extra room downstairs done this week, but I don’t know about upstairs. It depends on how easy/hard the linoleum is to get up.