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Old 07-06-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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Pergo or ergo?


I'm considering installing some wood flooring (Pergo) and wondered if anyone can tell me if it seems as easy as everyone makes it out to be? and, what should I watch out for as far as potential problems?

I have some construction experience so I though I'd give it a try.

Thanks, Appreciate any recommendations.

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I'm considering installing some wood flooring (Pergo) and wondered if anyone can tell me if it seems as easy as everyone makes it out to be? and, what should I watch out for as far as potential problems?

I have some construction experience so I though I'd give it a try.

Thanks, Appreciate any recommendations.
As seen on this forum, I recently installed Pergo in my entryway, long hallway, dinnette, and kitchen. If you watch the installation video it just snaps together and is easy as cake. Well, It isn't quite that easy. Not counting my odd problem with the seams on the short sides of the boards afterwards the experience was longer than I thought and harder than I thought. My rooms had lots of doorways and non-straight walls which were the hardest part. If it is a standard rectangular room, then it should be a breeze. Doorways are a pain, and trimming for the non straight walls are a pain. When snugging the boards together you have to use the pounding tool with the hammer. I'd suggest using a piece of scrap between the good board and the pounding block so you don't damage the edge. Another hard part is picking the boards that go next to each other, for me that was the hardest part. For the few times that my wife picked them for me and layed them out, it went much smoother.

I'm not a carpenter but my hobby is woodworking. I like to make things like oak coffee tables So I comfortable around spinning blades. I used my sliding compound miter saw(a non-slide version would work just as well) for cross cutting (Good side up), a table saw for ripping board for along the wall(have a nice new blade, maybe two)(Good side down), and a jigsaw for the funky cuts for doorways, registers, random other places where it wasn't a rip or a cross cut(Good side down). For the Jigsaw I used a fine tooth blade for metal. If you have a tapering jig for the table saw, it may come in handy. I did bad things with my table saw(i.e. use it as a scroll saw). I still have my fingers but definitly not the "right" way to use the saw. A tapering jig would have allowed my to do this properly. You could probaly use a band saw if you wanted, I was too lazy to pull mine out.

If you are doing it alone it takes a lot longer. Have someone help you pull boards. If you have 3 total the job would be cake. One to lay them out, one to mark the cuts and cut them, and one to place them.

Good Luck,
Dave

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