If you have a square room, and the tools to do the job, what skill level do
you feel is required to do a decent job on the install?
Tools Back saw, hammer, power miter saw, table saw.
Skill level 1......... doesn't know a hammer from a saw.
Skill level 10 ....... expert.
I've done three rooms, three closets, and three hallways over the
past two years. The first was with glued stuff, the others with
glueless. I thought the glue type flooring was much easier to
work with because you could work with in it small spaces easily,
while the glueless stuff requires you to be able to move an
entire span sometimes in order to get the end seams clicked
together. That issue aside, it's really quite easy to do; the
only tools you really need to do it quickly are a table saw and a
tape. We quickly learned to kick the stuff into place rather than
using a tapping block/hammer, and I made all the crosscuts with a
miter sled on the table saw. I'd call the entire job a 2 or 3 on
your scale, with the only hard part perhaps being removing trim
around door casings to cut for the flooring to fit under (our
house is all 1950s oak, pocket doors, etc. that took a lot of
time to deal with).
Overall, it's an easy DIY project and will come out better than
most any other DIY flooring option. After two years with the
first batch (bedroom) we're finally close to pulling the carpet
from the last room in the house (we've restored the original oak
where we could) and the house not only looks better, it's much
more comfortable, light, and less allergy-inducing than before.
Congratulations! You have just described the quickest way to destroy a click
lock floor. You never ever kick or tap a click lock. It is rotated into
On the OP scale, your way is a 1. You really need to read up, buy a video,
and ask how it is done correctly before proceeding to any other rooms.
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