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Well, here we are now, moved in to the farmhouse you all were so helpful on (soundproofing; not too far from a railroad track -- and you all were right! We are used to the whistles already!!!).
But, now (surprise!) another problem has cropped up.
It seems the box springs (queen) won't make it up the stairs! The opening is too small on the first floor.
We huffed and puffed and bent (ack!) the mattress enough so it made it (nothing a little brute strength couldn't handle!), but ya can't use that technique on a box spring.
My wife is saying we're gonna have to dismantle the stairs, at least part way, then have some folks on the upstairs landing pull it up. Then re-assemble the stairs.
So, here I am again, asking your advice on how to do this project right (rather than go bungling along and later askin' how to fix it!)
My carpentry skills are modest, but I am willing and eager to give it a go!
Northeast Indiana Farmhouse
p.s. I guess I've gotta consider that one fine day, we'll most likely be doing this in reverse. So I should ask if there is anything I could/should do now to make it work better on that day when we move out.