1) The wood is fabulous.
2) It was stained and then lacquered within an inch of it's life.
3) It's warped a bit.
4) It's made of room length boards that go under the skirting board.
5) There are no nails.
Wait, no nails? How does the damn thing stay down? NO ONE KNOWS!!!
Other things we learned?
A) Carpet glue is an asshole.
B) Carpet glue is an asshole.
C) Carpet glue AND THE PEOPLE WHO USE IT are ASSHOLES.
So I spent Tuesday on my hands and knees, scraping glue off - not with the floor scraper one normally uses to remove softened varnish - but with a paint scraper held as a 45 degree angle. I considered whipping out the trowel, but I worried I might start removing wood, rather than just glue and varnish, so I resisted.
Meanwhile, in the dining room...
So it's on to a pesticide to kill the buggers and then a thick lacquer to hold it all together for a few more years. Eventually, we'd like to move the kitchen into this room and turn the kitchen into the dining room, so we'd be ripping up all the floors for insulation and pipe laying anyway.
But before we get to that, we obviously have to finish sanding. It's just more of that ASSHOLE glue, old varnish and staining that has to get out of our way. And even though it is in a bad condition, and this wood is not as fine as the wood in the bedroom, it's still made of room-length boards held down by god-only-knows. Sheer ornery-ness?
Finally, the cat is not pleased with the disruption to his life. He can't use his cat door, it's noisy and it smells weird. Poor kitty!