I stopped by the local Lumber Liquidators today and placed a deposit on the flooring the LOML and I will be installing over the Labor Day weekend (and probably a few days more). We had reached a tie on the species (if you can call laminate a species ). We were going for the Buckingham Oak, but they were out of stock and the transit time (trains - trucks are now too expensive) for a special order put our installation date in jeopardy. So, since they had bunches of our second choice, Embassy Mahogany, we went with that.
Actually, now that I look at it a little more, I'm rather happy they were out of the oak! This floor will look great holding up my Green & Green furniture that I'm going to build someday!
We start this week ripping up the carpet that we have come to despise over the years. Once that is up I'll spend quite a few hours breaking in the "Chuck-O-Matic" screw gun. The builders must have been short on nails when they put our house up. In re-flooring other rooms I've found 4 x 8 sheets of particle board underlayment with as few as 12 nails! So, the first thing I'll do once the carpet is up is to snap a 12 x 12 grid on the floor and put screws in 12" OC in the field, 6" OC on the perimeter. This should also help with our very squeaky floors - 2 x 6 T&G over post & beam. I figure that I'll probably use over 700 screws.
What concerns me more is that in other rooms of the house the floor drops about a 1/4" to 3/8" within a foot of exterior walls. It does not seem as bad in the living room, but it's hard to tell with the carpet. Once I'm looking at the sub floor, I'll know or sure.
I promise, there will be pictures!