Laying my own solid wood flooring

My friend/coworker, Steve, bought a house about two months before me, and decided to lay his own hardwood floor. Being geeks, neither of us are really the handiest people in the world. So I figured I’d see how his experience went before I figured out what to do with my own neon-blue carpeted living room.

Steve’s floor went wonderfully. I’m about one quarter of the way through my floor, and I’ve learned a lot. The biggest lesson I’ve learned? Don’t think that because Steve’s floor went well that yours will too.



Steve had perfectly square rooms, no obstructions, and a perfect subfloor. By contrast, I have curves in my rooms, a brick halfwall in my livingroom, and a big hump in my subfloor — and that was discovered after pulling up 550 square feet of 3/8″ particle board! I’m also laying 5″ plank cherry, whereas Steve put down 2 1/4″ maple. There is, we’ve learned, a difference.

It’s been headache after headache, but to be honest, I have no regrets, and would still rather do it this way than to let a contractor do it. At least this way I know I’ve done my best to get the job done right. And in those places where compromises have to be made, I’m intimately familiar with what’s been done in the event that something goes haywire. Not to mention the fact that for a fraction of what a contractor would’ve cost me (roughly $5ooo), I’ve bought enough tools to start a small woodshop! I now own a table saw, a router, jig saw, belt sander, and a new circular saw. If you’re related to me, expect an adirondack chair for Christmas. These tools have to pay for themselves somehow!

Blogger Works With Linux

First, let me point you to the lovely array of links to the right. I’ve linked to almost all of the articles I’ve written for Linux.com. I say almost because I can’t even find them all myself. They’re working out some kinks in the search functionality. Anyway…

The other thing I wanted to point out is that, using Mozilla Firefox under Linux, all of the features of Blogger (well, the ones I’ve used) appear to work. For anyone wondering, this doesn’t mean it’ll work under Mozilla, or other Mozilla-based browsers. I crashed Mozilla just minutes ago trying to load the wysiwyg editor, but it works well in Firefox.

So if you’re running Linux, you want a blog, and you think you can get used to Firefox, Blogger is one good option to consider if you don’t want the overhead of maintaining your own blogger code.

For what it’s worth, Firefox is actually a really nice browser, IMHO.

Enjoy!

Figured I’d give this blog thing a try

Well, here goes nothin’

So many of my friends have blogs now that I figured I should learn something about them. At first, I didn’t get it. Then I started seeing how people were using their blogs to create these sort of virtual idea “threads”. PersonA posts their opinion, and other bloggers can post their thoughts about that on their own blogs, linking back to PersonA as a reference. So far, it’s just a news site with links, but the nice part is that everyone linked to and fro knows about who is linking to where, so if you link to this post in your blog, I’ll (allegedly) know. Mind you I’m new at this.

Anyway, I’ll post whatever is in my brain here and we’ll see how it goes.