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Anyone a Weekend Warrior who did their own hardwood floors?

July 23rd, 2007 at 03:44 pm

I have beige carpeting in my house and four children and two dogs. Not the color I would have chosen, but it came with the house. I'd love to replace it with hardwood flooring in the family room where most of the activity/living is done. I'm afraid it may be too costly to have it installed and was wondering if this is a home improvement anyone here has taken on - or is it worth it to pay the professionals?

Thanks for your stories ...

3 Responses to “Anyone a Weekend Warrior who did their own hardwood floors?”

  1. txex86 Says:

    Laying hardwood flooring is not too difficult at all. I laid 900 square feet of it two years ago. You will need a table saw, a door jamb saw (to cut under the door jambs so the planks can fit underneath), and a miter saw. You can rent these from Lowe's or Home Depot or buy inexpensive ones if you plan on doing any other DIY projects.

    I found a hardwood we liked from Lumber Liquidators' web site. I measured and included a 10% waste allowance. My floor is a "floating" floor, so I did not need to glue it or nail it down. It did require a foam underlayment that I purchased with the flooring.

    I like doing DIY projects, so I found the labor savings and the fact that I completed it on my own very fulfilling.

    Good luck. Smile

  2. Ima saver Says:

    My husband is a builder, so he puts down hardwood floor all the time. One problem, it developes a traffic patten and has to be re done from time to time. That means you have to stay off the floor for two days. My hardwood floor is in my kitchen and i found that was a big problem. We have had it resanded and repainted twice.
    I will probably never have wood floors again.

  3. fern Says:

    I love my hardwood floors, albeit, a few issues.

    My entire house has the original fir floors, wider planks about 6" in width and a warm honey, reddish tone. But fir is pine, and these are very soft, so it's easy to get dings if you drop stuff.

    My kitchen floor is done in oak, and very durable. Easier on the feet than ceramic tile. I hear cork is very good.

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