Thursday, April 24, 2014

My New Favorite Thing Ever: Removing Carpet

Why did nobody ever tell me how satisfying it is to rip up carpet?

We couldn't work on removing the curved drywall piece today, since the previous owners are still working on clearing a few things out of the kitchen. (We suspected they would not be thrilled to have everything coated in drywall dust.)

Instead, we thought the easiest way to stay out of their hair would be to start working on the second floor master suite. The carpet up there was old and stained, and had spent the better part of a decade absorbing pet dander. Plus, it's interfering with my vision of toasting my delicate tootsies on radiant-heated wood flooring every morning.

The Interwebs assured me that pulling up carpet was going to be easy, so I therefore assumed it was going to be a horrible, awful chore. Imagine my surprise to discover that for the most part, it actually is quite simple - and actually fun!

First we cut into the carpet near a corner, which let us slip a pair of pliers underneath and yank. The carpet pulled away from the staples in the corner, and with just a little tug a huge swath of it came up with this lovely ripping sound. I felt that odd sense of satisfaction you get from peeling sunburn.

Anyway, from there it was just a matter of yanking and ripping, and occasionally cutting a new notch to rip from a different angle. It's moderately heavy work, but it goes so fast and is so satisfying!

We did run into some problem areas around the closet. We have an awesome walk-in closet with a built in organizer system (hooray!) but since it was installed on top of the carpet, we're going to have to figure out how to extract the carpet from underneath it. I hope we don't have to dismantle everything!

Brett tries to look tough after falling on his butt into a pile of carpet.
The bandana is his impromptu dust mask - if he robbed a train, we should definitely have more money.

So except for that area, the carpet is removed, rolled up, and ready to haul away. Next up will be removing the pad, which I think will also be fairly simple. Apparently the tough part is the last step - removing the zillions of carpet pad staples that remain in the floor. One site suggested using a floor scraper, so we'll see if we can borrow one or make a Home Depot run.

The other issue - though I expected this - is all the dust, dander, and lord knows what we kicked up in this process. I am basically allergic to air. Pollen, dust, dander - if you can breathe it, it will probably give me an itchy throat and a spectacular case of hives. So understand that I liked this SO MUCH that I'm telling you how awesome carpet removal is despite the fact that I basically had to hook myself up to a Benadryl IV to do it.

And now I shall pass out in a blissful allergy-medicated coma, and dream of the sound of ripping carpet.

Carpet pad exposed, with a roll of removed carpet

1 comment:

  1. Get someone to give you a HEPA filter for a housewarming present!!!