I am wanting to replace mt dining room carpet and my kitchen sheet
linolium with harwood. I have a relative that works for Bruce so I got
3/4 inch wood flooring pretty cheap. My only question is, is this
something I can do myself? it is a rather large are and I have never
laid wood flooring before. I just finished the floor in our bathrooms.
It was Durastone. It turned out ok but I am very slow.
How does a wood floor go together and what are your thoughts?
It's pretty straight forward. I have laid hardwood in my living and dining
room, hallway, powder room and family room. Eighteen years down and still
going strong! It is time consuming but isn't everything we do that we want
As far as installation goes, tongue into groove, secure to floor with a
rented air nailer (specific for flooring). Of course I have oversimplified
it as there are many little things to consider such as starting off and
remaining square, proper expansion space, not having joints too close,
picking out and using only the good boards, etc. I bought a book on laying
hardwood and along with the instructions from Bruce, there wasn't much that
I ran up against that I couldn't handle. It doesn't get much easier as far
as DIY projects go.
However, having said that, it may pay to have someone install it. You are
probably saving enough on the flooring to put it into the install. I say
this because I am at the point in my life where I want certain things done
ASAP so I can enjoy them. If I was going to save a $1/1.50 on the purchase,
I would put that to the install. This doesn't guarantee anything of course
and sometimes you can do a better job because you have more time to do it.
On 13 Jan 2004 12:50:53 -0800, email@example.com (Don) wrote:
Something you can do yourself?? There is nothing you cannot do, if
you do some research, get the proper tools, and be both patient and
kind to yourself. You will do it more slowly than a pro, you may
have to tear up some work and start over, but you can do it.
I'd start with a trip to the library -- there are lots of "how to"
books. Your relative may be a gold mine of information.
My thoughts are that you should assess your skills, read a couple of
books. On the one hand, the money you save buying wholesale might go
a long ways towards hiring a pro; on the other hand, it might buy
or rent the tools you'' need -- and have enough left over. The good
thing about hiring a pro is that it's done well and quickly, the good
thing about doing it yourself is the bragging rights you get.
Well, I am thinking about doing the same thing. Just last night I was over
at the Armstrong/Bruce website reading their detailed installation
instructions. Check it out here:
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