Dana has swung back and forth a bit with the concept of having JAP (Jewish American Princess) qualities but of course she’s not a JAP. Indicators that she is not a JAP include scenes like this …
She indicated she’d work for beer – and feeling frustrated with my bathroom floor tile coming up she got into destruction one night and finished removing it. I guess now it’s time we install a new one? That’s a project profile for another time … this entry is really about her hardwood floors.
Meanwhile – she’s, as I mentioned, working on establishing some new hobbies, getting her stress levels down, and feeling productive by accomplishing some projects she’s wanted to complete for a while. One of which was installing hardwood floors in her home.
As luck would have it for her – I found her (yes I know I got lucky too but we must no leak that to her – we all know females will use any leverage on us they can get! …) Anyway the early onset of this dating experience brought on the conversations where she came to the realization she was actually dating a hick; this is entirely new to her and she realized it would further dent her potential JAP profile. The knee pads probably don’t score points for such a claim either.
After a few weeks of pondering this new predicament she was in, I’m thinking a revelation of usefulness came to her. Hicks are resourceful and can generally build or repair or construct or deconstruct just about anything. She then starts discussing hardwood floors, to which I’m thinking OK give it a month or two let’s see if we last that long and we’ll go for it.
And thus began the project to install oak flooring throughout her townhouse. The project is now well underway; the downstairs floor is all installed as well as the upstairs hallway. We have the steps remaining and the shoe moldings and thresholds. She spent most of today doing touchup work fixing the little dings and dents from installation, any minor saw splinters, etc around cuts and filling in those last little cracks around any cutouts.
She learned to use a finish nailer, got to play around more with my miter saw and portable table saw – and she’s now the proud owner of her own compound miter beveling sliding miter saw. Her level of knowledge is getting to the point where she could be pretty dangerous!
I’ll post some finished photos soon … here’s some along the way!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com