|The Story of Flapjack|
This flooring project has turned out to be a total disaster. I really wanted to replace the nasty old carpet that we had downstairs with a hard wood floor before the baby came, and my husband agreed with me, but the project has been nothing but trouble since the get-go and I'm feeling so frustrated about it that I just want to cry. Everything else that we can do with the house in regards to getting ready for Flapjack's arrival hinges on this flooring project downstairs being finished, and now several weeks after my husband started the initial install, it's looking like he may need to rip out what he's done already and start all over again from scratch.
The flooring that we bought is a floating floor which doesn't need to be nailed or glued down because the individual planks lock into place. However for whatever reason, tons of the flooring seems to be defective and has a pronounced bowing to it. So parts of the floor aren't laying flat and you can see it push down when you step down on it and spring back up when you step off of it. This might not be so bad if we could get new cases of flooring to replace the bendy ones, but the flooring we bought is apparently now discontinued so there isn't much of it available anymore. The fact that they've discontinued it makes me wonder if this is a problem that a lot of people have run into with it and so they've decided to stop offering it. My husband is also understandably peeved that the flooring he's put down already isn't laying flat in spots and so he's hesitant to leave it in place, even though he has one entire room finished. At this point he's just feeling like it's not a good product and he'd be better off scrapping everything and restarting the project with new flooring.
The whole situation sucks because we probably can't get our money back on the cases of flooring that we've already cut and installed, we have to start looking for flooring all over again and will probably have to spend more money to try and get something of better quality, flooring usually takes weeks to deliver so that will delay the project even further, and I may not be able to find another locking bamboo floor of a good quality that's in the sort of color that I'd like to have for the rooms so I may wind up having to suck it up and have floors that I'm not entirely happy with.
I'm so worried that now there's no chance of us getting all these projects done before Flapjack arrives and I was really hoping that we wouldn't be stuck in the same situation that my sister is in where she takes care of the baby while her husband scrambles and runs around trying to get projects on the house finished up like her nursery. It seemed like such a good idea at the time to get rid of that old nasty carpet and put in the hardwood flooring, but now I'm regretting wanting to do it at all because it seems to have just done nothing but cause problems. We've gotten about half of the carpet downstairs torn out though, so there's no turning back now, the project does still have to continue.
I feel especially frustrated and helpless because there's also absolutely nothing that I can do to help speed things up at this point. I'm too pregnant to really be of any help to my husband so it's all falling on him and it just seems so unfair and it really bothers me that I can't be of any use with this whole project.
I just wish things could have gone right. It's really causing both of us to be stressed and down in the dumps, and who wants to be feeling that way when you've got a happy event coming up? It's all a right kerfuffle.