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Friday, June 24, 2011

Flooring Problem

The floor guy finally showed up yesterday, and almost immediately started giving us reasons why we might not be able to have vinyl laid.  His main reason for not doing it was the fact that our flooring, under the carpet, would soak up the glue used to glue vinyl down.  I said that is funny, because Donnie put vinyl tile in our bathroom, toilet room, right after we got the RV and it worked just fine.  Then he started telling us it would be a real job just getting our old carpet out.  Duh!!  Isn’t that their job???  Anyway, I finally just said, “If you don’t want to do it, Just say so”.  He swore he wanted to, but just didn’t want to stick us with a job that may not wear right.  Ok, so now Donnie and I have decided we can do it ourselves.  After all, we used our own lumber from our land and built a 1600 square foot house, so I think we can handle doing this.  Donnie is a Carpenter, and I make a damned good Carpenter’s helper.  We think all that needs to be done is after we get the carpet up, and the floor good and clean, we will paint it with some kind of sealer, and the clue will work just fine.  Nuff said…. :)

Last Saturday we went out and had breakfast with Herb and Willie.  We saw one of  our old friends at the restaurant  and talked for quite a while.  It’s always good to catch up with old friends.  Later in the day we went to Herb and Willie’s to play Pegs and Jokers.  Willie had all kinds of candy sitting around.  Two of my favorites are circus peanuts and spice drops, and she had both of them on the table.  I ate candy till I almost got sick.  We had a great time, and I did survive.

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We went out to Mark and Shannon’s on Sunday for a very good meal.  She made a meal for all the Fathers in her life.  Her Dad, Donnie, Mitchel, Mark, and Mark’s step dad, Tex.  She grilled pork steaks, made a wonderful potato casserole, corn, beans, and I took a couple of fruit pies.  She also cut a watermelon up and made a fancy bowl out of it, then stuffed it with all kinds of fruits. It was great seeing everyone, and we had a great time.

Our Winter reunion is Saturday, so I have been making Judy’s pretzels to take, and I am also making a big fruit platter with Carmel dip.  My gang here in Indiana love Judy’s pretzel recipe, so have to make them when we all get together.  I also need to make some ahead to take with us to Colorado.

I may not post again for a while, unless we do something that is of interest.  I am sure everyone is getting sick of hearing about all of our family gatherings.

Thanks to Rod, I did find a Motel 6 that will let us have Rusty in the room with us, when we stop for the night in Kansas.  I had asked him a few months ago about pet-friendly motels, and he got right back to me with the info.
You all stay safe and cool… :)


Rick and Paulette said...

Good luck with the vinyl floor, it sounds to me like you should be just fine with your plan. That tradesman sure sounded like a guy who didn't want the job.

As for posts about family gatherings, I always enjoy reading about them, so keep them coming!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

You are definitely more skilled and brave than I. I doubt very much that we would tackle a job like that.

John and Carol said...

Well it certainly seems like the floor guy had a whole lot of reasons why he did not want to do your floor. Good Grief! I think you made the right decision by sending him on his lazy way.

I checked out Emma's pretzel recipe. Sure looks yummy! Enjoy!

Happytrails said...

I agree....he just didn't want to do the job. I don't see any reason why you guys can't do that job. I read awhile back about a guy that totally redid his 5th wheel including putting in wood floors. He did it all himself and it really looked good when he was finished.
I never get tired of reading about anything my blogging friends are doing. Please share with us!!

Margie and Roger said...

I'm sure you guys can do the work yourself and have a nice finished project. I think the guy just didn't want to work. And, remember, you are the 'frugal traveler', so save that money.

Gypsy said...


Here is the website for Motel 6 - just enter the city & state, or state only, for where you want to stop, and hit Search. You will see a map of motels in that area. When you check in, pick up their directory of locations. It's handy to have since you never know when you will need it and it doesn't take much room.

When I check in I always declare a pet and ask for a ground floor room in the back or near a pet walk area if they have one, and if it's one of those places with inside corridors (hate 'em), I ask to be located near an outside door. It sure helps when having to walk a dog outside to not have to go down a long corridor to get there.

Keep on blogging and we'll keep on reading!

Judy and Emma said...

I agree with everyone else, you blog it, we'll read it and enjoy it!

Emma's quite the cook, isn't she? :)

Vera said...

I'm also sure you can do the job yourself. My girlfriend and I installed vinyl tile on the floor in her motorhome and it worked out great. Go for it!!

John Rogers said...

Thanks for the kind words about my blog. I certainly admire yours and so many others.

It is a great way to find community and share experiences.

Again, thanks.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

You guys can do the job and you have the right idea on getting started.

As far as family get togethers keep them coming,love hearing about the diffrent foods.

Sue and Doug said...

if you want something done right sometimes you have to do it yourself!..sounds like this might be the time to break out the carpenter's belt!

Carol K said...

That flooring guy may have done you a favor by not getting involved with the job. At least this way you know it will be done right!

I like circus peanuts candy, too, especially when they're soft. Yum!

BamaGurl said...

U guys will do a much better job...I don't know why people like him even bother to reply. Lazy abounds. lol
Hope y'all have loads of fun with the family. We r headed to PA on tuesday ourselves. U can always put whatever highway ur on and pet friendly motels...it will give it to u. I put Hwy81petfriendlymotels in the search engine and it listed all the ones along the way, it goes state by state.
Post whenever u can and feel like it...I never get tired of reading. Love u both and hope u have safe fun and happy travels. And do take before and after pics of the floors...looking forward to seeing them. Love ya both!

Roadrunner said...

Did you consider contacting the mfg. before you try to do the floor? We took carpet out of one of our trailers, what a mess, A zillion staples!But, we had tile under the carpet.
Keep blogging,I enjoy reading your blog,sounds like you have a lot of good cooks in your family!

JoJo said...

Enjoy all your family gatherings and I will too.
I had someone look at my motor home to see about changing the flooring. He didn't seem to want the job either. Of course mine is very small so mayber he just didn't think he would have enough room. Good luck changing it out.


We'll be watching with interest as you tackle your flooring project. It is something that has been in the back of our minds to do as well.

Kevin and Ruth said...

Good luck with the flooring, I am sure you will do just fine. Kevin keeps saying that we need to do ours but never seem to have a good opportunity to do it. One of these days.

Enjoy your trip.

Kevin and Ruth

Levonne said...

It's funny the way some people approach the work that is their business. Good for you for taking charge. Also sorry for your loss in your last post. Take care...

*The Old Geezer said...

Family reunions and pretzels... it don't get any better than that! :-)

Have a great weekend :-)


BTW, floor replacement is a pain! Believe me, I know form past experience.

Kathy and Robert said...

People sure have crazy work ethics, huh! I'm sure you'll do a great job!
I'm so sorry about the baby. I pray for God's comfort for them. K

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

Thanks for the honorable mention on the Pet friendly motels, but I almost don't remember sending you anything.

Have you considered putting down some new sub flooring over the base floor in the trailer? It would make for a much smoother surface and resolve any glue or adhesive issues that the installer was alluding to.

Just an idea.......