My main tools were a pry bar, a hammer, a flat edge screw driver and a pair of tongs. After removing the ancient carpet from said inset most of the chipboard just dropped. That's how old it was. Carpet was all that kept us from falling through in some places. Lucky this was an extra room and not used much.
You may wonder why I chose these tools. The hammer and pry bar were used to remove the tack board and the remaining chip board. The staples were pried up using same tools or with hammering the straight edge screw driver under and prying them out. The tongs??? To pick up the chip board that had fallen under the floor so I wouldn't have to crawl under there and get even more dirty.
I did not ask for help but Tractor Man cannot stay away when someone is working. He stood behind me a while (which drives me #### crazy). After listening to advice on what better tools I should be using I left the room.
Returning I discovered poor Tractor Man straddling a two by six within the hole I had opened. I asked politely what happened. He informed me he slipped and fell and his toes were not touching the ground. I tried not to laugh. I really did then I offered to help him up. He decided he might just rest there a minute before climbing out.
I continued to work and Tractor Man brought me loads of power tools to make my life easier. What he didn't know was I wanted the simplicity the peacefulness of doing it by hand.
I was ready for sawing and placement. He helped then left the room. I do only one area at a time finish that and move to another. Inset finished and solid, move to next spot. Bigger space, pieces tonged into old dog food bags ready to dispose. Replacement piece measured three times and cut once.
Tractor Man is just dieing to do something. He had not done any of this since April but now that I am doing it, he's here.
I decided to remove all the carpet and padding and see what I had to repair. After dragging all this onto the porch, we decided to fill a bad wash with this biodegradable trash.
The bucket runneth over
Lizzy helped me drive the Ranger
and approved my careful placement
after I had thrown dead limbs and rocks
into the gully.
The old carpet will bring new life
feeding the soil and preventing soil erosion.
Dog approved, the gully is now a nice seeded spot
for late fall and early spring grass.
Now back to that floor to be finished