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Old 09-01-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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rule of thumb for bamboo/hard wood floor ordering?


I'm thinking about installing hardwood/bamboo to 3 room (all above grade) and was wondering how much material I should over order compared to my measurements? 15% 10%??? is there a general rule of thumb I can stick with?

also for for the flooorginr itself, I checked out lumber liquidators and they sell stuff I'm looking for about 3/sq ft... that's pretty much inline with online orders and I'm considering pulling the trigger. Should I be concerned about them in light of the new 60min report, I know that's for their laminate line. do they provide a country of origin if requested? the sales person i spoke to was new and did not know. I shouldn't off gone in a such odd hour.

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That report was for engineered,i'd steer clear of them.

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depends on the installer and the layout.
Straight I go 5%
The more rooms, cuts, hall ways, etc., the more the percent.
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If you buy the cheap stuff, you are going to get more bad pieces and short pieces. A certain amount of the pieces are going to be shorter even with the quality manufacturers. The more you buy, the more you can use the longer pieces (which look better IMHO).
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Considering the labor involved, you would be ill advised to use LL.

I installed 5/8" bamboo in my master bedroom and on the stairs. Got it from HD on sale. Love the stuff. Has a warm soft feel to it.

This is the walk in closet. (edit...yes, the walk in closet is about the size of a small bedroom)



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thanks for the input, I've been doing some research and seems like ~5% is what I should do for self install.

as for LL, why the hate? their stuff comes at ~$2< sq feet vs HD. This is for hardwood and I'm not sure I was able to spot a difference.
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thanks for the input, I've been doing some research and seems like ~5% is what I should do for self install.

as for LL, why the hate? their stuff comes at ~$2< sq feet vs HD. This is for hardwood and I'm not sure I was able to spot a difference.
They were selling flooring with excessive formaldehyde. A simple search on the internet will get you the stories.
As an option, you can look into build.com for flooring. I used them for a job that required about 1250 sq. ft. of flooring. Even with shipping it was less then local competitors. They have minimums to buy. I think it was around 800 sq. ft.
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I paid about $1.88/sq ft for my stuff from HD.

I guess you haven't watched the news stories about them.

As for 5%. Not really an accurate number. Think boxes. If you need 1 box + one more board....that is 2 boxes.

I had very little waste. Less than about half a box. Out of about 20 boxes...I have about 1-2 pieces left. My real waste was the bull nose for the stairs....like almost 40%. Mainly because I didn't want seams on the stair nose.
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Ooops....I was wrong on the cost for HD.

$1.79 sq ft.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Deco...24TO/100497046

And they usually have it in the store
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i have watched news about LL. I just always assumed it was laminate.. but someone pointed out that it's also the engineered wood as well.

as for price, guess I didn't look at HD prices for bamboo. indeed it's competitive. anything I should be scared of for bamboo? doesn't it also contain formaldehyde??
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All flooring in this country has to be formaldehyde free, no if's and's or but's, it's a carcinogen.
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We are very happy with the bamboo. No smell....very comfortable to walk on.

Actually....there was a smell...the tar paper I put down. I went with 40lb paper.

And watch HF for a sale on their floor nailer. It works well.
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Considering the labor involved, you would be ill advised to use LL.
How's that? I used LL, for my 3/4" hardwood. No install problems here.
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And watch HF for a sale on their floor nailer. It works well.

can you explain? HF = harbor freight?

I was going to pick up a nailer from bigsky

https://bigskytool.com/catalogsearch...t=180&q=nailer

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All flooring in this country has to be formaldehyde free, no if's and's or but's, it's a carcinogen.
do i ask the question? how do i even verify if they said that it is??

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