The dog peed on the carpet yet again. The kids said "ooh, you get to cut another hole!" I had cut away a corner of the carpet under the piano a couple of months ago when she'd peed there a few times and the smell didn't want to come out despite enzymatic carpet cleaner. And I'd been joking ever since that wherever she peed I was just going to cut more carpet out. So this morning there was a small spot of pee and Chuck is away for the weekend and we were enjoying a day unexpectedly free of scheduled activities. And Sophie and Fiona said "yeah! just cut it away!"
So we did. In fact we cut half the carpet away in the piano/computer room. It was not a small job. The carpet is, as I've said before, likely well over 30 years old. It was that cheapo stuff with foam rubber backing rather than a separate underlay. It was not tacked or stretched in any way, so I assumed we could just lift it out and dispose of it. But it turned out that the underlay had pretty much rotted and adhered to the concrete beneath. So we had the smell of rotting foam and a lot of tough manual scraping to deal with. It took quite a while.
The rest of the room will have to wait for another weekend. We still have to wash the concrete we've exposed. It smells awful. It looks terrible. But this is progress.