Black Stuff – GONE!!!

The Time was 10:30 p.m. as the last of the tar paper black stuff was lifted off the floor.

These are the must haves when one is going to take on a project like this:
Get out the phone book and turn to massage therapy, write that number down – call and make an appointment one month from that day. The next important task you’ll need to do is find the calmest radio station – classical music, we’ll say, and save it – trust me – in the beginning of this project you will need it. I call it a precautionary measure so sharp objects like a 5-in-1 doesn’t end up being thrown like a Chinese Star at the wall. When acceptance sets in that this is going to take what seems like forever then you can switch to whatever music pleases you. For me, I started with classical/new age music then moved to alternative rock. The last thing you will need is your favorite beverage of the spirit kind. Go and splurge on yourself, buy the most expensive, bring it home, now put it away. When the last of the tar paper black shit is removed and the nasty glue that accompanies it, you will be celebrating. There will be high fives, and a huge relief that the last piece of black tar paper/glue shit has been forever removed from the inside of your home. I forgot the most important thing patience – huge amounts of patience. You will need at times to call upon it, again, so a 5-in-1/your favorite sharp object doesn’t end up being used like a Chinese Star.

I don’t know why, but for me this was more important than the supply list of buckets, garbage bags, roll upon roll of paper towels (party back), 5-in-1, vinegar, Dawn dish soap, spray bottles, hot water, sponges (party back), and gloves (party back). Yes, I broke down and used the rubber gloves.

Note: If you get the tar paper, glue shit on your favorite work clothes the dawn dish soap will take it right out, so the husband tells me.


8 Responses to “Black Stuff – GONE!!!”

  1. 1 Jane @ Beach House January 18, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    You broke down and used rubber gloves? At many points during tar removal on the kitchen floor I broke down and cried. Buckets. When we finally finished I googled the stuff and found out it could be toxic… Never. Doing. That. Again.

  2. 2 Michele January 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Jane – I had to get them, it took two weeks for the “stuff” come off my hands. I didn’t cry – nope not me! I almost threw a 5-In-1 at the wall. So I would pour myself a glass of wine and drink. I have no shame, I admit it, the liquid spirits can be my best friend during trying times and this bloody floor had become a very trying time in my life. I’m with you I will NEVER, EVER, do this again. Here’s a thought, we can actually say that we removed nasty flooring, tar paper, and gross glue.

    Back to sanding the floor.

  3. 3 Nicole January 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    This SO reminds me of preparing our living and dining room floors for laminate in 2007 and then last summer trying to get all that crap up in the kitchen to put in the porcelain that I’m going to … one of these days. 🙂

    YAY, you! So glad you finally got that done.

  4. 4 Michele January 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Nicole, I have never been so relieved to be done with one part of a project.

  5. 5 Aimee February 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    LOL… oh yes, especially the massage part. 🙂

  6. 6 Michele February 17, 2010 at 6:56 PM


    I am, weeks later, still working out knots that are in my back from that little project.

  7. 7 Larry S. April 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM


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