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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Default Major dilemna-war with wife looms!!

Okay, here's the situation: need some nice hardwood floors in a couple rooms in the AZ Winter Palace. I say, "We call the Home Depot guys or whoever and they come and put down the floor of our choice."
Wife say " What if we call Lumber Liquidators and get wood and do it ourselves. Be way cheaper and more fun."
I say "Are you nuts. I have steel knees, rods in spine, one shoulder 50% usable and you think I'm gonna crawl around putting down flooring? Whatayou.....nuts?" Ha.
Any of you folks every investigate Lumber Liquidators. Has little interest for me since I suspect it is one of those TV/magazine hustles selling cheap lumber at high prices.
Any comments? Experiences?
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I put some of their laminate (fake stuff) down, the quality was better than the same priced stuff in the box stores. I haven't used their real stuff.

My folks have the Bruce prefinished hardwood all through their house, but they had a professional install. The prefinished stuff has held up in their kitchen and even in their downstairs lavatory without any moisture issues.

Fall back on the excuse "this big of an investment it's best to let the pro's do make sure we get the best return on our investment." Maybe the Mrs. will let you hire the installers.

I've done the Parquet tile style, the plank, and laminate style floors over the years... and the knees do take a beating.

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Warren, this is a problem caused by the DIY shows. They make it look easy and do not mention the work is being done by professionals. I would not care to guess how many people have tried these projects and ended up spending more money hiring a pro to fix their mistakes or are just living with a bad installation. On the other hand it does save you money if you can do it yourself; perhaps you know someone who has done this before and would work with you to smooth out the bumps? You can best judge what you are able to handle. Saving money is not worth being in pain.

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Can't say as I blame you for not wanting to do the install yourself, considering your joints, etc. It's a lot of ups and downs. However, I'll bet HD or Lowes prices of materials is considerably more than Lumber Liquidators.
Wife and I did 1000+sq.ft. of Bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. The quality of the materials was excellent. In fact, I'm considering buying a bunch of their 3/4 oak flooring at .98 a bf. for a new workbench top.

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Our house is about 2,200 sq feet and I put down solid 3/4 inch hardwood throughout. Did it over two winters. Summers are for golf. Anyways if you have any physical issues it is probably not a good idea for you. It is demanding work and very hard on the back. I suffered a herniated disc some time after I finished. Don't know if it was caused by the floor project but I'm just saying think about it.
From a technical viewpoint putting down floors is not all that challenging if you are handy and do some research and study beforehand.
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Lumber liquidators has as good and better stuff than the box stores. You should check them out.

Sounds like it would not be fun for you. Get a pro to install to avoid mistakes and pain.

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Thanks folks. I think we may check out L.Liquid. Apparently there are several stores within 50 miles of us and on one website it mentions "installation available" so I guess I'll ring them up and see what I can learn.
You have all corrected my impression of the operation with comments about the quality of the prouct.
Thanks folks.
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Oh. We are near Gold Canyon AZ for a few months while brothers watch the cabin up north, running the trapline and fishing through holes in the ice.
Can you imagine?....while I am slopping around in t-shirt and shorts. Wife hates it because she says "You're just a mess of scars from top to bottom and look like hell."
I say, "I earned every one of them and you should be proud!" Ha Ha!
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I have bought over 500 sq. ft. of Lumber Liquidator's house brand red and white oak pre-finished hardwood and I would classisfy it as top quality.

If you are going to do it yourself you will either have to purchase or rent the proper tools. I choose to purchase.

The most important item to remember is to measure every half dozen rows to insure you are on track to keeping the rows square. Nothing looks worse than the last row that is skinny on one end.

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