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Fall, Winter & Floors

October 9, 2010

When we got back from Vancouver last week, it was fall again. Now it is winter again. As I was fish-tailing in slush this morning, last week’s beach bumming seemed like a nice little hallucination.

Here’s a few more photos of our brief encounter with autumn.

J.D. gets both Friday and Monday off for the Thanksgiving weekend and I, at least, had very misguided visions of significant headway on our flooring. When we chose nail down tongue and groove bamboo over an installs-by-itself product, we thought something silly like, “it won’t be THAT much extra work.” We had a vague idea that extra equipment besides our hands would be necessary.

We have since either bought or borrowed two different types of nailers, a giant saw, an air compressor, nail setters, Bob Vila, etc etc. We ended up getting both nailers and the air compressor for 50% off at Canadian Tire. In case you didn’t know, everything at Canadian Tire eventually goes on sale for at least 50% off. If you buy their merchandise for the full price, it’s like offering to throw in an extra thirty bucks on your grocery bill just for the heck of it.

The air compressor came with a small nailer whose box claimed it had powers it did not. J.D. had a long convoluted chat with the “manager”, who turned out to be an unskilled service clerk. The real manager was eventually located (they may have flown him up from Vancouver given the wait time) and J.D. convinced him to trade the nailer for the one the air compressor was supposed to come with. This nailer is “worth” what J.D. paid for the entire air compressor/nailer package. So, financially we won that skirmish but it took most of the day and we have two shy little rows of nailed down flooring to show for it. Tomorrow is not looking so hot either. The large nailer we bought to do the rest of the floor is making a stink in more ways than one, which probably means another long convoluted chat with the “manager”.

And THAT was a long convoluted way of telling you that our Thanksgiving Weekend has and will be spent giving thanks for things like functioning brad nailers.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bakerjac permalink
    October 10, 2010 5:41 am

    My father has a big obsession with Canadian Tire. Not only does he refuse to pay full-price for anything, but he never just BUYS something. Instead, he goes in and buys a gift card using his credit card that gives him some kind of points or miles or something. Then he uses the gift card to make his purchase, because then he gets his CT money (which you don’t get if you buy on credit, apparently). I think the unskilled service clerks and cashiers all run and hide when they see him coming.

    Good luck with your flooring. 🙂

    • J.D. permalink
      October 10, 2010 8:38 am

      Genius! Thanks to your father’s brilliance, Canadian Tire money is going to start constituting a significant portion of our cash flow.

  2. Mary Caudle permalink
    October 10, 2010 2:21 pm

    ….. The Fall pictures are gorgeous !!! …. and nice rosy cheeks too!

    It’s great that you have 2 of the finest attributes one can master (patience and perseverence), ’cause it certainly appears to be coming in real handy with your renos. So glad you are mixing in a little laughter and fun along with the renos, it’s a good way to go about it! (Oh, we are so very, very proud of you!)

    Wishing you were living in closer proximity to Jan & Ken….she could probably save you a bundle with her staff discount at Canadian Tire….and provide you with information” as to hot sale items, etc…..(but, one can’t win them all!)

    Love you lots, G & G, GG & GG

  3. Theresa permalink
    October 10, 2010 6:11 pm

    I LOVE that last picture of James. :o) T

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