Good-Bye Carpet, Hello Glue

Finally, 2 years, 1 month after closing on our house I finally got to remove the hideous green astro-turf like carpet off of our front steps.

Closing Day (30Apr2009)

After bush removal (08May2011)

With new bushes (10May2011), once the bushes were removed I think it made the carpet even more obvious and hideous.

No carpet! (31May2011) We pulled up the carpet on Monday the 30th.

Let's look a little closer at the nasty glue left behind. Some of it came up easily with toxic adhesive remover, but not all of it. And it was gross and toxic.

Another negative, some of the mortar is in really bad shape. We are renting a pressure washer soon to deal with the back porch that desperately needs to be repainted, I am hoping it will take the remaining glue off the bricks (without too much damage) after that we will need to have the whole thing re-pointed! Sounds fun right? Sounds expensive to me. But I think it will be worth it, the front of the house looks so much better already!


Cara said...

looks better already! Great job! BTW, I love dutch colonials :)

Amy F.W. said...

Houses are the gifts that keep giving. Oh, by the bye, I've got some deer paneling for you, or some replacement indoor/outdoor carpet I'm sure you could use to cover all that glue up. :P


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