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Old 07-06-2012, 11:24 PM   #2581
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Thanks! I'm very happy with it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:28 PM   #2582
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Ok, I had to take a picture of the floor we got.
One room upstairs is done with new moldings and all. I think the dark chocolate colored floor goes really well with the white contrasts.
Matte laminate.

My husband did it. His first time doing anything with a house. But I think he did great! :)
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I'm sure mine looked better when it was new. But, it was the crappy parquetry that the city was pushing in the '70s. I'm thinking I want to sand and stain the floors. I don't usually like stain, but it would make it more uniform.

But, it's still much better than the baby poop coloured carpet I tore out.
I love both floors guys, they are both lovely in their own ways
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:20 AM   #2583
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Soi I canceled my preop blood work and wait to hear from my son. Late in the p.m. he emails me that his plane lands at 9:30 and he will stop on the way home. Ten p.m. the phone rings. It is darling son. "Ma, I was half way through the O'Neil Tunnel before I remembered I was supposed to stop by. I will come by Sunday." The urge to kill is ever so strong some days. He then tells me that he was in Baltimore studying 12 different cadavers and the different ways intubating affects the body. It seems that each cadaver had died while being intubated. It's a good thing he has a mother that knows what he is talking about and has a strong stomach.

My granddaughter will start an intense two year RN program in September and graduate with a BS in nursing. I can't wait until she has to go to the morgue and work with cadavers. She is one of thse girls that thinks the world has ended because her polish has chipped.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #2584
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We put in hardwood on the main floor for the living room and dining area. We like it so much better. Upstairs, the bedrooms and hallway are wall to wall.

My neighbor chose to do laminate, didn't like it and replaced it with different laminate then moved away.
I hate laminate--why? The sound of the dog toenails on it and also, when dogs get old and have issues getting up, laminate doesn't give them the grip that hardwood does. Friends put high-end laminiate in their new house--ripped it out three years later and put hardwood down for exactly that reason. Love the floors, Andy.

Here's one of mine (bedroom). It is birch. First you have to get the logs, then you have to mill them, then you have to let the boards dry, then you have to plane them, then tongue and groove them, then install them, then sand, then sand some more, then some more...then you have to finish them....and it takes, about a year...except, in this case, it took two.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #2585
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BTW, incontinence is not a result of being spayed. I know that is a common myth, but my friend who is a vet and I had a discussion about this. Anatomically, not possible. There are medications (inexpensive) that can help with this. There used to be an OTC that also worked, but I am not sure if it is still on the market. Bolledeig, chat with your vet about this--but getting the carpet ripped out was still worth it!
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:53 PM   #2586
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Thanks, CWS! I'll look into it!

Gorgeous floors! And I think I'm already jealous of your closet (without seeing the whole thing). Looks glamorous!

I actually have an older dog (13), and he does not like laminate. But he doesn't like getting up on hard wood either. Mostly because he convinces himself it's super slippery, not because he has a hard time getting up.
That's why I got the matte/textured laminate. Hopefully it's a little better for dogs than the smooth one.
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the cat tree i ordered came yesterday. opened up today to see if i could put it together my self. no manual!!!! i might have stood a chance of getting it done, but not within instructions. gal across the street is handy, well she says she is, so she is willing to give it a try. lordy, lordy, it ticks me off.
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I need a new cat tree...has to be at least 5 foot tall so the cats can reach the window. They have managed to totally wreck this one in less than a year.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:34 PM   #2589
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Went to dinner with friends. One of the friends lives here and her husband in Ohio (separated for her job). We went to a small Italian place, the service was slow but we were having a great time talking so no big deal. The owner comes out to ask how things were, and he (the guy from Ohio) starts a rant about how bad the service was. This guy has zero social skills. He was looking for a reason to not tip, and get his meal comped. The owner apologized and offered the whole table free dessert, and this guy dismisses him, how rude!

We let him and his wife leave and then went back in to tell the owner and the waitress how much we enjoyed the meal. It really was quite good and the wait times were not that long.

During dinner the topic of ancestry came up because some of us have very distinct ethnic last names. He, very loudly pipes up and says "if you were born in America, then you are American, period!". So I ask him, "so those who celebrate their heritage are somehow less patriotic?", "isn't that what America is all about?". He refused to answer.

I feel bad for his wife, she is very sweet, no wonder she enjoys living in a different state!
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Thanks, CWS! I'll look into it!

Gorgeous floors! And I think I'm already jealous of your closet (without seeing the whole thing). Looks glamorous!

I actually have an older dog (13), and he does not like laminate. But he doesn't like getting up on hard wood either. Mostly because he convinces himself it's super slippery, not because he has a hard time getting up.
That's why I got the matte/textured laminate. Hopefully it's a little better for dogs than the smooth one.
I have had many senior dogs. I bought those rubber tiles (red-blue-yellow-green) at Home Depot and "carpeted" the house with those so the old dogs could get up. I hated having to take them (the mats) up and clean...sand would get between the puzzle pieces, but the dogs were able to get up. You're lucky to be in a climate where you could take them outside and hose/pressure wash them. I had to do them in the bathtub during the winter months. But those puzzle pieces work well--I should know, I have about $500 worth. I am using them for the chickens now. And donated a bunch to a wildlife sanctuary. And I still have a bunch!

I want to say it was ephederine (sp) that was the OTC--I don't know if it is still available OTC because it is used to make ... crack? or meth? I can't remember the name of the prescription drug, but it is a little pink pill (here in Canada) and is not given every day--one gets to figure out the "magic" dose. If the dog is only incontinent during the hottest months, it can be diabetes insipidus (which is not diabetes, but an issue with the dog's hormone that regulates hyydration-water retention). I had a Saint Bernard with that. She was fine until about June, and then she'd be fine again when October hit.

Once I started taking my fecal incontinent male to a canine accupuncturist, the issue cleared up. He lived to be 15--but started having this issue when he was 13. And he was a Giant breed.

Good luck! There are options (and you get to enjoy the new floors regardless!). And yes, my closet is to die for. What you don't see is the pull-out full-length mirror, the 2 built-in dressers (5 drawers each), and all the cubbies. Inspired by the closet I had in Germany. I love that I can stand on the lower drawers (when the doors are open) and reach the top cubbies (8.5 ft off the floor). It is made like kitchen cabinets, so it is modular. Two friends have had the same closet (with modifications for the space--mine is 11.5 ft x 8.5 ft tall). I'm willing to share the plans--we designed it ourselves and LOVE it! I hate North American closets. We have 2 other closets in the house (much smaller) that are the same concept--floor to ceiling, with a drawer on the bottom so one can stand on it and reach the top cubbie. Nothing falls on the floor or gets buried in my closets.
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