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Anyone have experience with putting in their own laminate floors
will hubby and I still be married if we try to do this together??????????
 
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Hahaha, not sure if you will still be married...do you both have a good sense of humor and patience? :lol:
I have never actually done it myself, but I watched our handyman install it. He did need to cut some pieces, so you need to know how to do that and have the right power tool for it. And very important is having the right underlayment (is that a word? lol). Ours was like felt paper. It will be different if you are installing in a basement or over cement than if you are installing over a plywood floor. Not sure what you are supposed to use but ask a few different opinions at some floor stores so you get the right answer.
I think you will like it alot. Bella runs on it and no scratches at all. Sometimes it streaks a little when I mop...I just can't find a cleaner for it that I love...but I still am happy with it.
 

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I do not like doing projects with DH - he does woodworking for a living so of course his way is the "correct" way :roll:

Our friends put down laminate flooring in their kitchen/dining room in a day, said it wasnt difficult.

Remember Measure twice, cut once !

I have been checking into laminate flooring and there are a lot of different qualities out there.

D's Mom had it put in her house and when we were down last year AB did fine on it

Good luck and post pictures
 

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No experience with laminate floors here. Good luck and hope all turns out well and the marriage remains intact! :D
 

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it can be done! the difficult parts are when you have to cut around something - a good tip is try and remove as much moulding as possible, rather than cutting around it...DH did that and it doesnt really look right in some spots as there is a small gap...otherwise choose a nice thick underlayment - ours is foam and really helps with the cushioning and noise upstairs/downstairs...and not a scratch in 3 years!

oh and the secret for a great shine....WINDEX!

i spray windex and mop up with a dry mop, really shines them up great, and gets the little dust particles at the same time.
 

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Thank you guys so much.
I have laminate in my kitchen and I do love it.
When we bought this house 3 years ago we needed to do a lot of
work, gutting all three bathrooms, painting, put laminate in the kitchen
and slate in all 3 bathrooms. What we want to replace now are the
old worn carpets in the living room, dining room and family room.
We hired out for the first renovations but i am thinking we can do the laminate ourselves :roll: :roll: .
The carpets are really old and worn and with 10 animals in the house
there have been a few accidents but mostly I think there were animals
here before that made their own marks to say the least.
Will go to Home Depot and Rona to get ideas and pick out what we want.

Vanessa, under the carpets it is cement, so how did you know which underlay to buy????????????Do we need to buy a laminate cutter? Hubby has a jigsaw and a mastercraft multicutter precision saw.
 

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since it's cement you should do a vapor barrier to keep out moisture - they sell underlayment for that, just ask what they recommend!
 

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SUE we've put in 2500 sq ft of laminate here and underneath most floors is concrete........use the green foam underlayment


you do NOT need a laminate cutter..SUE PM me ok? then i can have DAVE explain it to your hubby. WE have done 3 bedrooms, hallway, living room, dining room and kitchen so far with pergo laminate floors

preparing floor is hardest part......installing takes few hours tops!
also you have to roll out underlayment, do NOT make it too tight, and keep a vacuum handy to make sure floor is clean as you lay them down.

email me and we'll get ya going!! :D

OH I have Pergo Accolade now in her for 2years
we LOVE IT and soooooooo easy to keep clean and doesn't scratch easily either
NOTE: this is great over concrete!!
 
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Thanks for the windex tip! I'll try it soon! I was so nervous to try anything at first...now I just try everything on it since it is so durable! :lol:
 

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Tim and I have put down prefinished wood flooring and tile together. Keep a sense of humor and perhaps a bottle of wine or some good beer handy :wink:

You may also have to give each other a good massage after being on your hands and knees for so long...that can also be fun :p
 

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Thanks again for all the advise and encouragement.
We will be looking at product and such for the next little
while. Will keep you posted as to how the marriage survives.
Bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 

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I'm just going to watch this all unfold from the sidelines, as this is something I was wondering about doing ourselves too. Sue can be my "template" of sorts.. :lol:
 

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We are already arguing about what color to paint the dining room. :roll:

He wants a shade he saw painted on the Men's Room wall at a local museum! :shock: (----we'll pause here for jokes and gaffaws ---) :shock:

I am dead set against it (the color) and he thinks we could do the painting ourselves in a weekend! Anyone want to take bets on how that will work out? :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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I am dead set against it (the color) and he thinks we could do the painting ourselves in a weekend! Anyone want to take bets on how that will work out?
oh you could totally finish painting your living room in a weekend :)

now agreeing on a color - that's another story...hahaha
 

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We are going to look at flooring tomorrow
If we agree on colour and style we will continue on.........
Stay tuned ...................
 

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blueteal said:
Thank you guys so much.
I have laminate in my kitchen and I do love it.
When we bought this house 3 years ago we needed to do a lot of
work, gutting all three bathrooms, painting, put laminate in the kitchen
and slate in all 3 bathrooms. What we want to replace now are the
old worn carpets in the living room, dining room and family room.
We hired out for the first renovations but i am thinking we can do the laminate ourselves :roll: :roll: .
The carpets are really old and worn and with 10 animals in the house
there have been a few accidents but mostly I think there were animals
here before that made their own marks to say the least.
Will go to Home Depot and Rona to get ideas and pick out what we want.

Vanessa, under the carpets it is cement, so how did you know which underlay to buy????????????Do we need to buy a laminate cutter? Hubby has a jigsaw and a mastercraft multicutter precision saw.
Hey Sue,
My DH is a general contractor and would be happy to answer any technical questions you may have about underlayments, etc. We learned a bad lesson on the wood floor in our lake house. It was to be glued down which he did, but in the summer when it's hot the glue actually 'melts' causing the floor to break loose (non-detect to the eye but it does squeak.) We did another floor with the same material but this time 'floated it' and it worked perfect. He certainly doesn't know all the answers but if you want to try any questions on him, pm me! --We are about to embark on a major remodeling ourselves . . . :shock: dreading it!!! :shock: :shock:
 
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