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Girl Power Removed the Carpet

In Home on November 19, 2012 at 6:00 am

Before

After

The carpet, the padding, the tack strips and the million staples were removed without Dan’s help. Who needs a man to help when you have an enthusiastic 2-year-old?

I wanted the carpet taken up and thrown in the trash before Thanksgiving Day. Dan had promised to help a friend move on Saturday. Thus, that left Sunday as the only day left to pull out the carpet. Before he left, he sheepishly informed me that if he was too sore from moving furniture, the carpet removal would have to wait. I understood his plea, but I wasn’t happy. There was a huge hole in the carpet by the windows and more spots unraveling every day. It looked awful. I wanted it gone now. While falling asleep Friday night, I remember my MIL telling me the story of how she ripped up all the carpet in her home by herself after learning there was hardwood underneath from a neighbor. If she could do it, so could I.

So with newfound determination, I started ripping the carpet up first thing Saturday morning. Elly was excited by the commotion. She tried ripping up the carpet with me, but didn’t have the arm strength. She tried pulling the tack bars out, but couldn’t figure out how to get the pry bar under the bars. Yet after watching me pull out a few staples with the pliers, she pulled them from my hand and informed me that she was going to help.

Help she did. Much to my surprise she was able to pull out several staples by gripping the pliers with both hands and hauling back. She was a force to be reckoned with.

Four hours later it was done. We had done it. And it looked amazing.

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  1. Yea for you girls!

  2. That looks great! You didn’t even have to polish the floor?

    • No polish. I did have to clean it though. The amount of dirt and dog hair under the carpet was a bit disgusting. There is one stain on the floor, but you can’t really tell as the area rug hides it. Thanks!

  3. It looks amazing! Its wonderful what taking up ugly, old carpet can do. The room looks great, and doesn’t seem nice and warm with the wood floor? Great job to both my girls!

  4. Great job! You will learn there are many more things girls can do. In my day, I tiled bathrooms, plastered, and did carpentry repairs. I was always the “handyman” in the house. Necessity is the mother of invention!

  5. […] When I asked Dan what he was doing this weekend, he told me that he had plans to go to a board game group and then nothing else. If he doesn’t tackle the carpet by ripping it all out, Elly and I will whip out some girl power and do it ourselves. We’ve done it before.  […]

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