Monday, September 22, 2014
What lies beneath
The contractor who installed my fence has been doing some other odd jobs around the house for me. Installing a new floodlight for the backyard (necessitated by hearing the nighttime yip-yip-yipping of coyotes in the distance a while back - NOT a sound you want to hear as a pet owner), replacing a wonky exterior outlet, etc. I also asked him to do a little sleuthing.
When I bought the house five years ago, there was brand-new carpet in the bedrooms and the hallway. Very nice, but when you foster kittens, some of whom are still learning the ABCs of litterboxing, carpet is a pain. It would be much easier if there was a hard floor in the foster room, and since my living room had a hardwood floor that was obviously original to the house, I wondered ... maybe there was hardwood under the carpet?
Of course, there's only one way to find out - rip up the carpet. Engineers call it "destructive testing" - ripping something up to find out what's behind it. So I asked the contractor to cut some of the carpet in the foster room closet and see what was under it.
Would it be linoleum? Some kind of crappy subfloor? Would it ... could it ... be hardwood? Oh, the suspense was killing me. Finally, it was time to find out.
The contractor went into the closet and started cutting. He pulled up a square of carpet and padding and handed it out to me. Then he said, "Here, come take a look," and survey SEZ:
(inserting some spaces here for suspense)
(can you even stand it)
(here we gooooooo...)
Ding ding ding IT'S HARDWOOD! The angels sang. Looks to be in excellent shape, too, if maybe in need of some cleaning and refinishing.
Holy crap you guys, WHY do people carpet over hardwood? Whyyyyyyyy? Wood floors are so pretty.
So! I'm going to have the contractor pull up the carpet in the foster room ASAP. Just so I can go in and gaze at all the wood glory. As soon as the budget allows, he'll come in and refinish the wood, and then, down the road, do the other bedroom and the hallway.
Oh happy day.