This week we removed several of the items from our “to be done before moving in” check list. Most of the items on the list are small. However, there remained one large project that I was hesitant to start. I expect that once we start refinishing the hardwood floor in the great, laundry, and bath rooms that other projects will be forced to pause. For example, I did not want to start the floor and delay the plumber or some other essential work.
The HVAC guys and the electricians both finished their work. The plumber completed most of his work. We now have running hot and cold water! I finished tiling the showers and installed the kitchen appliances. Our general contractor’s assistant installed the kitchen counter, hung the stair rails and completed some custom work like the door to the upstairs office and baseboards over a couple of the rough floors remaining from the old construction.
So, since we did not expect anyone else to be in the house over the weekend, Nancy and I tackled the final large project – refinishing the hardwood floors. Saturday morning I rented two large sanders, drum and oscillating, and an edger. Nancy and I ran the machines all day, burning through nearly $300 of 36 grit sandpaper. We did not finish! The floors were much rougher than I realized. As we removed the old finish we began to see the terrible job the previous sanders had done. Gouges covered the entire surface. It looked as if they had sanded with a harrow.
We will not remove all the divots, but we are getting close to using finer grit sandpaper to smoth out the surface. We hope to release the beauty that is in those old hardwood boards!
The inspector came by Friday afternoon and found about ten small items that must be completed before we will pass our final inspection. We are getting close!