Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas
"Work with the hands is the apprenticeship of honesty and a
recognition of fellow humans' toiling."
The year 2002 had been a lousy
year for me, and towards the end of 2002 I took up home improvement thinking
that work with my hands (rather than my mind) will do me a lot of good. I
started by laying hardwood floors in our living room. It was a bad project for
the first timer. Some pictures:
Kim played the store-keeper, providing me the raw materials (pre-finished wooden
strips) by size, grain etc. This part, she loved.
I chose the glue-down method rather than the nail-down method, because it was
easier. IMO nail-down would have been easier because the wood doesn't move upon
laying. The glue is very messy and the the wood kept on floating on the glue,
before settling down in an incorrect position!
Beware, Man at Work!
Turned out that laying the floor was relatively easy. The detailing and clean up
took over a month!