Saturday, March 12, 2016

Keeping my Day Job #12 of 31

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Supplies


How to Remove Baseboards


1.  Use a carpet cutter or any other sharp cutter you have to score along the top of the baseboard to break the seal between the baseboard and  any caulking or paint.
2.  Pound a flexible spatula thing (DIYers would call it a putty knife) between the baseboard and the wall to separate the two.
3.  Leverage a crowbar (backed by the putty knife so as not to put a hole in the drywall) between the wall and baseboard and pull with all your might.
4.  If done correctly, the baseboard will separate from the wall, nails protruding from both the wall and baseboard.  If you have trouble, call husband over to help you get started.
5.  Label the baseboard so you'll know where to put it back when it's time to put everything together after your husband lays the hardwood floors.

Today, I learned how to remove baseboards from the wall.  I jokingly told a friend that if I liked this new job of mine, I may quit my day job and start my own business and TV show that  would be a hit on HGTV.  I was going to name my new business Reading Teacher Rehabs Homes.  
Yes, that's my handiwork.

Well, after being on the job for a day, I'm pretty sure no contractor is going to take me on.  My routine went like this:

Go through steps 1 - 5.
Take baseboard outside to the garage.
Repeat steps 1 - 5.
Garage.
Take a break (at least 20 minutes).
Repeat.

It's been a slow process, but I did complete the job my husband asked me to do.  And, the bonus?  I think I'll get a good night's sleep tonight.  As for my new job...I'm thinking I'll stick with the reading teacher part and let the rehab homes go to the wayside.
Husband made much more progress than me.

11 comments:

  1. So impressed that you learned to do this and did it so well! Way to go- even if you have decided to stick with the day job

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  2. So impressed that you learned to do this and did it so well! Way to go- even if you have decided to stick with the day job

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  3. Oh wow! Kudos to you for completing your job. Yea for keeping your day job

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  4. I think a day with us at Literacy Connection would of been much more fun but way to go with being a team player.

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  5. You are a brave soul...but I also believe that you are done with baseboards. :)

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  6. You are a brave soul...but I also believe that you are done with baseboards. :)

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  7. So funny, Julie, & good for you for taking on that prep job. You'll be pleased when you see those pretty floors. Love this: "call husband over to help you get started."

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  8. You're a brave soul! Now that you're experienced I have a contract for you and it pays in Whits!

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  9. I love the name of your show and I would totally watch it! Summer job, maybe?

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  10. This is incredibly impressive! I wish I had the desire (or energy) to help with rehab at our house, but since I don't, for now, I will be super impressed with you! ;)
    Good luck with the flooring. It will look great when it's done!

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  11. We have similar lives. We are always doing work on the house by ourselves. My husband knows what to do, but I just do what I'm told.

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