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    Default Almost four years ago...

    I stripped down the basketball wallpaper I once had, painted my walls a flat, ugly grey - painted my ceiling, new furniture...

    Exactly four years later, Im doing what I did before, just a step further...

    Things to come in the next 3 weeks...

    1) New paint, this time - using Behr Satin, but a good coat of primer to hide the imperfections and even the paint out for a good quality job...

    2) Wood Floors

    Im funding the paint, my Mom is funding the floor - but Im installing the floor... it was the same price as carpet and we are recarpeting the house, so... I cant wait...

    Dun dun dun

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    might make the tunes alittle hard to control...ya think ?
    alot brighter sounding, but then you can play with room treatments...or get a good throw rug..

    congrats on the room upgrade anyway

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    Sounds like a plan, little man. Good luck with painting and flooring.

    I've heard from several sources the flooring can be a pain.

    Can't wait to see the finished photos!
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    Yeah, itll definitely be brighter...

    But it definitely will be ALOT better than DEAD, BORING that my room once was, it absorbed everything...

    So once I get my curtains back in here, big ol futon and a rug or two - I think itll be ight...

    But I have particle board floors, that took me for a spin...

    This wood flooring is easy, if you do it the amish way - it can be very hard... the snap together panels I have... the hardest part will be doorways... and... thats it...really

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    yep !
    Pic`s are in order

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    If your doing a laminate floor they actually go down quite easy. I've installed 3 so far. Look foward to seeing pics.

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    Any tips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge
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    Trey, one tip that i have is when you start the first row make sure it is straight. If a wall is bowed out a little like my friends was you have to make cuts to get the first row straight. After that it's easy. Make sure you stagger the seams and leave a 1/4 inch gap all the way around for expansion. Also make sure you get the padding that goes beneath. Ok thats 3 tips. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireman32
    Trey, one tip that i have is when you start the first row make sure it is straight. If a wall is bowed out a little like my friends was you have to make cuts to get the first row straight. After that it's easy. Make sure you stagger the seams and leave a 1/4 inch gap all the way around for expansion. Also make sure you get the padding that goes beneath. Ok thats 3 tips. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
    All excellent tips. If you don't allow for expansion, your floor will look like the ocean...

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    Awesome Sid. Can't wait to see the pics.

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    Have at it and best o' luck to ya Sid!
    I'm in the process of restoring the wood floors in our new house after pulling up all the carpet the first day we moved in. Hickory is a beeyatch, esp for a hardwood floor, home improvement newb such as myself.

    All except for the audio room. I left the carpet well enough alone in there.
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    If you'r using laminate, and you damage (even slightly) the tongue/groove on any of them, throw it away and place a good one....if you don't, that's where you'll start seeing gaps when weather changes. I learned the hard way.
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    Default Sorry for the slight derail Sid...

    Can anyone hazard a guess how much you'd have to pay a professional to finish the floor of a small-to-medium sized room? From pulling carpet and staples, to sanding the wood and applying a finish. Just curious.

    I'm about to start on yet another room, and I want to see if it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombie boy 2000
    Can anyone hazard a guess how much you'd have to pay a professional to finish the floor of a small-to-medium sized room? From pulling carpet and staples, to sanding the wood and applying a finish. Just curious.

    I'm about to start on yet another room, and I want to see if it's worth it.
    IF you know what you're doing it makes way more sense to do it yourself. My 24 year old cousin is a shop teacher here, and he completely refloored 4 large rooms in my aunts house by himself. She's well enough off that she just could have paid someone so I would have to say it's worth it to do it on your own if you have the know how.

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    Thanks Demi... I've already done two and half rooms with the exception of applying a finish and edge sanding the sides and corners. As it was my first time, it was ever the beeyatch and I'm not entirely sure I did the best job...
    granted it's hickory in a 100 year old home, so it was bound to have some character.

    I'm just curious as to how much this would normally cost. I have someone offering $400 per room. Carpet pulled, floor sanded, imperfections removed, finish applied. Sound reasonable? It did to me, but I've never received an estimate.

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    laminate floors - installed is 5.50 sq ft - bout 800 or so to do a 11x11 room

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    Thanks Sid... sorry again for the derail. Still juggling installing laminate or just sanding down what I've got. Since I've already done the latter in the first three rooms, I'm probably leaning toward the same in the other -- even though it is quite removed from the others.

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    Few things for you to consider...

    If you sand your floor, you will work yourself to death...

    And you will be getting rid of that dust for the next YEAR..if not longer...

    Then the smell of finishes, which last about 3 weeks....

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    Oh, I'm all too familiar with the creeping death/dust from the first two rooms I've sanded down -- hickory too, so it's like Georgia red clay everywhere. And I have worked myself to death....

    For this reason alone, I'm considering letting someone else finish the job... One small room for $400. Just wondered if this was in the ballpark. Carpet has to be pulled as well. It's not an issue of wanting to work. For familial reasons, my time is spread very, very thin. So really, any off-time I have is spent in guerilla warfare with my new (old) home... There are substantially more things that need to be done. The floors are just a drop in the bucket. If I can hand over the reins on some things, it allows me time to accomplish others.

    btw Thanks Sid. I should really start another thread. Let's just think of this as a "bump" for yours:)
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    400 sounds good to me... thats alot of work..

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