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Old 06-15-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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My wife & I are getting ready to yank the living room carpet out, and head in with new flooring. Cost will be a factor, we don't forsee moving, and we will doing this project ourselves. Room is a sunken living room, 15x26, over a crawl space, with one 5ft wide step down into the room. We plan for the installation to be the floating type.

We've looked at the Bruce Lock-and-Fold 3/8" at Lowes, $3.79 sq. ft., same stuff at Flooring Depot, on sale $4.99 sq.ft. but will match Lowes, and at Home Depot we found Tarkett QuikLoc 9/16" for $3.66 sq. ft. I'm fond of the Tarkett due to the additional thickness, both overall and the top veneer layer.

Thoughts, suggestions, or advice ? Thanks in advance.

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I cannot speak to the first two products, but as the QuikLoc by Harris-Tarkett was at one time in my store I can talk about that one.

My Brother in Law put it in his kitchen and his two bedrooms a few years ago and loved it. He said it was easy to do. However, many of the HD installers complained that the boards weren't easy to put together and they seem impossible to pull apart, so if you find you've put a piece in that is defective or one you had already cut, good luck.

Try putting some pieces together at the store, the salespeople should allow you to. You will need to have them get you a hammer or mallet and a tapping block.

Now for my rant....You mentioned that you were cost conscious. Did you know that not only are woods more expensive than carpet, they are more expensive to maintain. Also, as carpet and it's padding provide great insulation, your energy costs may rise too. Finally, I keep reading this garbage from so called experts who say that allergy sufferers are better off with hard surface flooring than carpet. Yeah? Why is that when the Pinellas County school board yanked all the carpets out of their schools and put in VCT did their students and faculty actually have more days out with allergy problems? So much so, they spent millions of dolaars putting carpet back in.

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Old 06-17-2008, 06:36 AM   #3
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Thank you. We actually have carpet now, but wife is ready for the hardwood look. I was raised on hardwood when my parents built their house in 1952 and couldn't afford carpet ! Their floor has the original finish yet today ! Anyway, I tried to explain more sound, cooler floors, no skimping on running the dust mop, etc. , but that is what she wants. We looked at laminate, but I liked the engineered stuff better, and actually thought I could handle it myself, in lieu of actual hardwood.
Thanks again for the input !
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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Picked up 30 cases of Tarkett Vanguard 9/16 Red Oak this past Sunday. Final cost, $ 3.30 sq. ft. Haven't tried anything like this, so wish me luck ! It's becoming acclimated to the humidty level now, probably start this weekend ..... I hope. Looks like a decent product, hope it works out well. Thanks for the help, all.
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good luck to ya.
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I'm picking up this old post because it came up in a google search.

I moved into a house in Feb '08 and they had installed the Vanguard QuikLock by Tarkett - Red Oak Natural. They did a terrible job, so I picked up a case at Home Depot figuring I'd rework some spots. I didn't get around to it until last weekend and now that I'm into the job I realize I'm literally 2 boards short. A trip to HD showed they no longer carry the stock. So, unless my wife okay's 3 feet of concrete in the hall I need to find some more stock.

Any ideas?

Looks like HomeDepot23 might know?

Or, tharrison57? Do you have any scrap from your job youd part with? I only need 2 boards about 40" wide and one of them will be ripped at 6 inches.

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Good choice on the Tarkett. Bruce Lock n' Fold product have problems. I've had no end of reports on the end joints loosening up over time. The product is too thin for a non-locking end joint. When my rep send me a Turlington board it went in the back room buried in a corner immediately.
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and by the way, the wife is MUCH happy with it !
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Looks pretty good. Can't say I like all the short boards in it personally, but you seem to see a lot of that in these products now. If anyone wants a longer plank look check out Mullican Austin Springs. All those are coming in 4' boards now.
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It's an engineered wood plank...so it looks like short boards....
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Is that the stealth step?? It sorta blends in
I would have just put painted pine instead of the same floor on the face of the step

Nice job - I like it better then the existing stuff on our 2nd floor
But no way I'm redoing it anytime soon
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[quote=Scuba_Dave;271736]Is that the stealth step?? It sorta blends in.

But what can I say ...... I'm an "Indiana Jones" fan ! Yeah, as soon as we got it done, I wished I wood () have used a contrasting stair nose, but ........

And by the way, I forgot to thank everyone here affiliated with the board ! It sure made things a lot easier for someone that is not very talented at projects. Please give yourselves a pat on the back !

Thanks again ! !

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