Well, after taking up the carpet downstairs I felt it would be a real pain the in the butt to pull the vacuum out just to vacuum the hall and stairs. Also, once we installed our fancy new lights in the hall we realized how dirty the carpet was. So up it came. I never knew it was such a pain in the ass to pull carpet off of stairs. Not only did it take a while to get the carpet and pad up but there were a zillion staples all over the steps and floor. Since we planned to just deal with the plywood floors until we get new hardwood all of those staples have to come up.
I spent several days like this taking out all of those staples.
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