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    Question Can I install a hardwood floor?

    Is hardwood flooring something a reasonably handy person can install himself?
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    Dennis

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    yup...
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    Short answer Yes.

    Understand what the installation procedures are, rent the tools you need.
    A very wise man once said.......
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    I'm sure you can do it. It's not that difficult at all. As Steve said though, do some research and UNDERSTAND the procedure and then rent the tools and you'll be all set. I used to always use a manual flooring nailer. But a couple years ago I had a big job to do so I rented a pneumatic stapler. I always tried to stay away from staples because I didn't think that they would hold as well. Well on that job, I had to pull up a few strips because of a change in mid job and let me tell you that those staples hold just fine! I went out and bought myself a stapler for the next job.

    It's not rocket science and a few basic tools is all you need.

    John

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    I'd recommend prefinished as opposed to raw wood and finish in place. In the long run, it's not really much more money for prefinished and you get a much better factory applied finish that way.

    Just my .02
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    I assume that your hardwood floor in tongue and groove real wood. I have installed several of these and doing so was quite easy. Just be sure to take your time, measure accurately, and install the boards carefully.

    Just by chance, I just took a break from my current task, which is refinishing an oak floor that I put down in our kitchen about 25 years ago.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Answer is yes, I know because I did it, and if I can do it ....

    But consider doing some research as suggested and all the above answers. Might Add, Use prefinished (my neighbor did the raw stock to save money. got in over his head, well dusted his whole house and results were not professional looking is a nice way of saying it) Remember to put down the paper either Black roofing felt over an area above moisture or the red rosin paper or dry area. This will prevent squeeks down the road.

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    Dennis,

    Being reasonably handy is a good start. Being in good physical shape is just as important!

    I speak from experience! Have a look at my "Birth of a Shop" thread around post #568 where I'm about to start on almost three thousand square feet of oak T&G flooring! I'd never done it before, so I did some research, asked some questions, and jumped in with both knees!

    I did the raw wood method, rented a sander for a few days...and am quite pleased. Getting the sanding done correctly/evenly is a bit of a challenge, but it's do-able.

    Good luck...and ask questions as they arise...
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    Dennis,

    I would recommend picking up a bood by Bruce Bollinger on installing hardwood floors (http://www.amazon.com/Hardwood-Floor...1894176&sr=8-1). This book will tell you pretty much everything you need to know.

    It's easier to install the hardwood than to finish. I've installed 3 floors but have always had a professional do the sanding and finishing.

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Funk View Post
    Dennis,

    I would recommend picking up a bood by Bruce Bollinger on installing hardwood floors (http://www.amazon.com/Hardwood-Floor...1894176&sr=8-1). This book will tell you pretty much everything you need to know.

    It's easier to install the hardwood than to finish. I've installed 3 floors but have always had a professional do the sanding and finishing.

    Greg
    My comment is that it is so easy that no book is needed.

    I do agree that it is easier to install than to finish, but finishing is not very difficult either. It's hard work, but not at all complicated to do. (This is speaking as someone who's current project is re-finishing a hardwood floor.)
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 02-01-2008 at 11:12 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    No it's not difficult. But there are ways to do it that make it look better when finished. Such as the layout and how to start and finish it. The actual act of nailing (or stapling) it down is pretty easy. There are things though like how to install around doorways and such that have procedures that make it look much better when finished. I've installed thousands of square feet of hardwood flooring and by far prefer the prefinished variety. It looks much better when done IMO. You don't have the hassle of the smell and wait time either for the finish to dry.

    If you can finds someone that's done it have a talk with them and see if they'll talk you through it. A book would be nice but overall not really necessary. Heck, I bet we could "talk" you through it right here.

    Good luck, I'm sure you can handle it and there's a real satisfaction when you step back and look at a job you've done yourself!

    John
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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