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Construction Complete

9 Dec

Or as complete as it will ever be. Do you ever get completely finished when you own a home? Isn’t there always something that needs to be done? Well, we had the final inspection and gave the contractor his final payment. Sweet Thing and I decided to put one more coat of sealer on the concrete floors before we put the wax on them. There were some bad scratches on the floors, especially in the kitchen where they slid the cabinets and appliances into place.

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Before and after in the kitchen.

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Before and after in the hall.

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Before and after in the guest bedroom. Well, you get the picture, there were bad spots all over the floor but now they look better.

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They are not perfect but they look pretty good if you ask me.

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Sweet Thing even put a few Christmas decorations around the fireplace. I’ll have to remember to not light a fire on Christmas Eve, I wouldn’t want Santa to burn his hiney when he comes down the chimney!

After church today, we went in to check to see how the floors looked. We noticed a couple of spots I missed with the roller so we decided to hit those spots today. The biggest spot was in the master bedroom, so I took my roller into the room and started rolling. That’s when I discovered the floor was not completely dry in there. I felt my shoes sticking to the floor and I thought I need to get out of here, I’ll just roll my footprints out as I back my way out. I took my shoes off but my socks stuck even worse! I took my socks off and walked out barefooted. Sweet Thing took the roller and worked behind me as I walked out. Then her feet started to stick! This sealer is supposed to dry in 4 hours and it had been down for 18 hours, but it is rainy and drizzly today so the drying time is much longer. She said “I sure hope this stuff gets dry by tomorrow, I need to put the wax down because we have furniture coming Thursday.” When I finished rolling the floors yesterday, I pulled the roller off of the pole and put it in a garbage bag sitting on the pantry floor. We didn’t redo the pantry floor because it looked OK. Well, when I picked up the garbage bag I discovered the excess sealer that remained on the roller I disposed of had run down into the bottom of the garbage bag. The sealer melted the plastic garbage bag and a big, sticky, gooey spot was on the floor where the bag had been sitting. I thought she was going to cry she was so upset. I told her it would be OK, I will fix it. She said she was tired of fixing things, she was ready to just move in! That is really the only time she has been upset in the entire six months of construction. She really did a great job because she took care of all the construction details herself, I just came to the site and patted her on the back and said “take care of it” as I left and went to work. I know how she feels, I’m ready to get settled in too.

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Construction Update 27

22 Sep

The contractor has been working staining the concrete floor. It looks like Sweet Thing has become his new assistant. The contractor has a full-time assistant, but he was in a car wreck last week and is unable to work now, so Sweet Thing has taken his place. She has really been putting in lots of hard work to help the contractor keep working without his assistant.

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The floors have been stained and the contractor has applied grout in all of the score lines. After the grout is applied, the excess has to be wiped up with a clean, wet sponge. Sweet Thing has been hauling buckets of clean water into the contractor and hauling the dirty water out. Then she has been moping the entire floor several times, finally finishing with a dry mop to remove all the trash in preparation for the sealer.

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I wanted to show these ‘before pictures’ so you can compare them to the ‘after pictures’ next week. The floors look dull and dirty now, but when they are wet they really shine. After they are sealed and waxed, they should be bright and shiny all the time. I’ll keep you posted.