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Old 05-22-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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I'm somewhat almost finished with choosing the right wood and flooring equipment. However I feel like I want to tackle this project alone but I don't know if I should get a professional or try it myself....Does anyone have and input on whether I should try to do my own flooring or hire a professional?


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Old 05-22-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Depends what your level of experience is. We all started with none. It will depend more on what type advice you receive.


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Old 05-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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I replied to your other threads, but here's my experience...

I'm pretty handy and wanted to save money on some upgrades. I purchased 500sqft of Brazilian Koa, at Lumber Liquidator. Great service, great price. I researched the crap out of installing hw, rented the tools I didn't own and got started with a few friends.

Although we were being careful to keep everything tight, we found the lines started to get off course (measure constantly). It turns out, this wasn't entirely our fault. Rather, LL's wood is not milled to the high standards that higher-end wood suppliers provide. Therefore, some boards may be 1/32nd wider or skinnier. It's not much, but it adds up. Luckily, we were able to catch it and get things back in line before it became too much of a problem.

I knew experienced installers have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, but figured I could figure things out as I went..and for the most part I did, and I'm very satisfied with the outcome. Yes, there are some blemishes in my workmanship here and there, which the average person won't even notice. However, my buddy who use to install hardwood (but now has severe back problems and couldn't help) quickly spotted each of my install blemishes!)

It took us 3 days to finish the install. My body still hurts 3 weeks later. I could have paid LL $1000 to have them install. I paid about $600 in tool rentals. I could've paid $400 more, had it finished in 1 or 2 days, had less install blemishes, and I wouldn't have to worry about potential warranty issues down the line.

However, doing it myself, I can now look at it and be proud that I was able to complete it. I learned a lot during the process, I was able to put the really cool boards in key areas of the house, and I have $400 in my bank account.

If I had to do it all over again, I would probably hire the work out.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! I really needed this advice. I didn't even know about Brazilian Koa...I def have to do more research. My level of experience is basic, I do my own handy work but big projects I always left to a professional. But times are hard so I my own professional. ...Thanks abt the tip for the constant measuring. I kinda underestimate that but I know now I shouldnt. Now im a lil nervous knowing the wood could not sometimes hold to high standards....Does anyone know any wood boards that could hold high standards?????

After your experience it shade a lot of light into my situation. Doing it myself would save me money but I could pay it with back problems and flooring problems. Which wood you think is strong enough to withstand the toughest conditions???
ain, I would probably hire the work out.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:44 AM   #5
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Take a look at bamboo from someplace like Duro Design. Stay away from LL and box stores.

Bamboo is beautiful when installed and you can get it in colors. It is harder than domestic hardwoods.

Installers have liked working with Duro Design products. Standards are very high and all shipped is dimensionally stable.
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