| I know some people hate laminate, but it's not junk if you buy the
| quality stuff.
| Very durable, withstands spills well. Installs easy.
| If you don't like the look, I can respect that, but it's a quality
| product that wears well and is very durable.
| I've seen a couple amatuers attempt to install hardwood flooring, and
| it did not come out well. They particularly had trouble doing the last
| few courses near the wall. When you can't get the nailer between the
| studs (since the drywall is up),
| it's difficult.
| I think you overestimating the typical amateur here. I've seen bungled
| up jobs.
| I don't know the original poster, but it seemed he had very little
Be careful what you write. This amateur installed his own hardwood floors after kicking out the professionals who either ignored or did not know the rule about starting at the "feature" and ending up at the opposite wall.
In my case, the pros started at the opposite wall and got to within 6 inches of my archway before realizing that the wood strips would not fit in the strip. As well, the installed a 4 inch bullnose instead of a 6 inch with the result that the curved portion of the steps did not meet properly with the straight part. The only thing they did right was have the curved portion sublet to a stair manufacturing company.
By the time I was done fixing their stupidity, I had ripped out the bullnose and replaced it with proper 6 inch and cut and "Frenched in" a thin filler strip to finish their screw-up. If you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't see it
I now have over 2,000 square feet of excellent flooring and a serious compressor to show for my effort. Now I can even do my own spray painting (very limited ability here)
The pros did, however, pay to fix their error.