J finally decided to come to his senses and rip out the nasty carpet we had in the living room. He wanted it done ASAP. Yesterday afternoon we toiled and ripped the sucker out. As we got part way, we realized the finish on the floor wasn't as good as the potions we pulled up to see how the floor would look. There actually is no finish left at all on most of the center of the room. Let us just say J was not a happy camper. I, on the other hand, was just relieved the carpet was gone. Yes we'll have to get someone in to sand and refinish the floor. Yes, it will cost a couple hundred dollars. It won't be done today, but I'm sure once it is it will look 100 times better than the dog hair trap of a nasty tan carpet that looked dirty 2 days after you shampooed it. We have an area rug covering most of it for the time being. I hope it is a while before I have to dig staples out of a floor again. What am I going to use my Kirby for now?