Week 46 – A whole lot of everything

Once upon a time, we found an amazing deal on hardwood flooring. How good? Try 89 cents a square foot for 4 inch red oak planks. So yeah, pretty good!

We ordered it a little earlier than we needed it because we were worried about missing the good sale, so it didn’t bother us too much when it got hung up in the shipping process. The problem, it seemed, was that the pallets weighed 2150 lbs and, supposedly, the shipper could only lift 2000 lbs. So we weighted while additional arrangements were made.

When the flooring was eventually scheduled to be delivered, Josh learned that he’d have to unload the truck…in the middle of the workday…by hand! Fortunately we have some friends and family with flexible schedules who could come out and help.

And then the morning of the delivery, the truck driver called to ask if we could also have a forklift on site.

The short answer was no! With two hours notice in the middle of the workday, there would not be a forklift. And so the floor arrived, and bit by bit, the guys unloaded it into the garage.

And then, bit by bit, Josh moved it in the basement!

Why the basement? Well, one because the melting snow started leaking in under the garage door and we didn’t want it to get wet. And two, we’re about to get a whole lot of drywall, and it needs to be sorted into the rooms where the drywall crew will hang it. So the hardwood floors need to be out of the way.

Also out of the way, most of the insulating, as there remain just a few projects to finish up before the inspector can come back and approve us to move on to that next stage!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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