This one's for Nate. Several months ago (I refuse to look up the date of that post, because finding out exactly how long it's been will just depress me) when I was tearing out the entryway carpet, I discovered that a sucky previous owner had leveled out the floors between the entryway and my bedroom by making a ramp of QuikRete. At the time, Nate and I wondered just what the Sam Hill these people were thinking. He asked for pictures, but I'd already chipped away the stuff. Well.....lucky for Nate, the SPOs also poured a similar ramp between the dining room floor and my bedroom. I know not why. For some reason, the floor in my bedroom was originally built about half an inch higher than the rest of the floors, but because that was back when someone actually cared about this house and bothered to do things right instead of cheap (oh, sorry, my bitterness is showing) there's a nicely finished edge between the two. Which apparently wasn't good enough for whoever glued and stapled yellow, brown and green mottled carpet to the original hardwood floors back sometime in....oh, probably the 1970s. No, it wasn't enough to desecrate the house with that hideous carpet. They had to pour QuikRete on the original flooring, too.
So that's what it looks like, Nate. (And everybody.) Horrid, isn't it? And that red stuff there in the lower right corner? That would be carpet padding which is stapled to the floor with big copper staples. Under that is the icky flat carpet glued to the floor. And it's stapled too, mostly around the edges, but here and there unexpectedly in the middle as well, just so I can step on one or two with bare feet. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go chip away that QuikRete.