On The Cost of DIYing Your Floors

But note the ever important eye protection!

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

On The Cost of DIYing Your Floors

My parent's house had a sun room with a concrete floor and trashed carpet. I knew it would need to be replaced to sell the place so I mentioned to a friend, "I think I'm going to hire someone to tile this." He said, "The heck with THAT, we can do it ourselves!" Thus began the epic flooring project of 2011. We used peel and stick tiles, which are a lot better than they used to be twenty years ago and the most cost effective. Like you, preparation was exhausting. An entire day to remove the carpet, only to discover that there were NAILS sticking up 1/4 inch around the room. We had to use a grinder on an electric drill to level out the nails http://i.imgur.com/tcRxd0y.png which took a day. Then, like you, we used 100 razor blades and several putty knives to get all the weird glue that was applied under the carpet. After the incredibly toxic concrete sealers and a few coats of semi-stick adhesive the floor was like an enormous post-it note surface. Applying the tiles only took 4 hours but by then it felt like we were totally crippled. The good part is that it came out great http://i.imgur.com/VnPE2sp.jpg and pretty much sold the place. Cost was $35.00 for grinding attachment + $450.21 self stick tiles + $11.63 sealant adhesive = $496.84 total. Add onto that the beer we bought to toast one another at the end of each day and it was another $30.00. We were treating ourselves to the good stuff. I must admit, I thought of staining the concrete, but the GARAGE floor was already done that way. Florida was a very strange place.

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm 0

On TV on the Internet

But... The Leftovers. Olive Ketteridge. Maybe they are on the menu this month.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm 0

On Is "Dry January" Worth The Savings

I grew up in an alcoholic household. Every night sucked. I was rarely able to do my homework. Some nights there was no dinner. Usually there was some dramatic fight about who knows what. To me, any type of abstaining is a great idea. It's worth a lot more than monetary savings.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm 1

On Save Money With Hugs! And Generics

I agree. It's Mormon Tea for me!

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

Is this where I'm supposed to admit that I spent more on myself than anyone on my list?

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm 0

On How Much Did You Spend On Music This Year

I guess I spent $399 on music this year because I caught the DAW bug taking a Coursera course where I learned Reaper, and then a friend showed me Reason. SO I bought Reason, which has improved my quality of life tremendously.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm 0

On Transitional Furniture

$10 from Craigslist. Espresso in color. I think I'm going to keep mine for a while because I laminated a world map onto the top surface and it's a great conversation initializer.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

On The Economics of Dating, OKCupid Edition

I filled out the entire OkCupid survey with the results, "Sorry, we are unable to find any matches for you." I don't want to get married again, and many of the OkCupid questions are based on getting married. I have no objection to living with someone else but the survey ignores that aspect.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm 0

On The Cost of Buying a Washer/Dryer from Sears Outlet When Six (then Seven) Months Pregnant

Ummm... I have that exact set that is shown in the article photo, but the washer is on the left and the dryer on the right. I was looking at it thinking "Why is this familiar?"

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0