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"Work with the hands is the apprenticeship of honesty and a recognition of fellow humans' toiling.
-Mahatma Gandhi

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:


Hiryoung Measuirng Wooden Strips
Kim played the store-keeper, providing me the raw materials (pre-finished wooden strips) by size, grain etc. This part, she loved.

Glue-down was supposed to be easy!
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!

Glue-down was supposed to be easy!
Beware, Man at Work!

Detailing the Shoe Molding
Turned out that laying the floor was relatively easy. The detailing and clean up took over a month!




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