Let me just say that carpet is gross. Carpet padding is even more gross. I'll share the pictures of the grime that was under those (including under the pad) later this week. For now, here's a shot of me pulling up the tack boards. These strips are nailed around the perimeter of the room to keep the rug in place. They are a pain to rip up. Stay tuned for more progress pictures!
By the way, DIY is painful! I'm aching all over today!
Look at that action shot!