I’d Rather Be Cycling… Really.

Well, it’s definitely mid-winter in Georgia the way I remember mid-winter in Georgia. Cloudy and cool with rain on the weekends, and when we get a sunny weekend the temps in the 30’s – 40’s with lots of wind!  Most of the “nice” days where it’s dry and temps hit the 50’s or 60’s seem to fall during the week when they’re of no use from a cycling standpoint.  So, January & February become the best months for indoor projects to fill the cycling void.  Of course, it’s on those days when you’re up to your elbows in a project that the sun defies the forecast and brings you a warm afternoon that’s ideal for a tandem ride?!  Alas, we take the good with the bad.

Given our mid-winter weather of late, and after putting it off for at least 5 years, I finally started to replace the 23-year old carpets in select rooms with hardwoods. That we’ve stayed in the same house this long is another issue, but be that as it may, we’re still here and so is the carpet… but most of the carpet’s on the way out!

There are a total of six spaces targeted for the hardwoods: (1) the main stairwell, (2) our master bath, (3) our walk-in closet off the master bath, (4) the dining room, (5) the living room, and (6) the adjoining family room. As of today, I’ve knocked out the first two during January.

The main stairwell project:

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Before with carpet (left) and the project materials ready for installation (right)

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Bye-bye carpet (left) as I set-up the saws and trim treads & risers to fit (right)

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From start to finish: a clean slate, the transformation and final result.

20150111_114034The new look with the red oak wood steps, risers and flooring on the landings.  After living with the all-wood steps and landings for a couple days I decided the landings really needed rugs to help with sound control, ensure sure-footing and to add a little color / texture to the stairwell.  We should have done this years ago.


The master bath project.

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Carpet about to be replaced by 3/4″ hardwoods…  ~132 sq ft of it!

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Lots of nooks & crannies needing 28 separate sections of floor trim!

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 The final result: yet another project that should have been done years ago.


Seems like a shame to cover it up with carpet, but practicality wins out…

With any luck, next weekend will provide us with some warmer temps and less rain so that we can get back on the tandems.  Yes, the home projects have to get done but there needs to be a little balance.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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One Response to I’d Rather Be Cycling… Really.

  1. chacebike@comcast.net says:

    Good to see your stairs. Mine are already good wood. I removed the carpet and am in the middle of sanding in preparation for refinishing. Buff Chace Rainy day in SeaTac, WA

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