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#1 posted 09-13-2012 10:12 PM


It is $0.50 per board ft, NOT linear ft. I’m not sure if I’d like the short segments either. I’m just throwing an idea out there to see if I can come up with enough reasons NOT to do it before even worrying about other stuff with the project.

I’ve looked at the lumber liquidators. We have one near where I live and I was not that impressed. I’m sure their stuff is just fine but I’ve seen engineered flooring with padding on the pieces for prices better than at LL. The price of the stuff I’m thinking of was about $2.50 / bd ft. I helped my friend install that flooring and that store accepted returns for full value. LL charges a 20% restocking fee on whatever you want to try to return. I’m guessing that is normal for the industry, but I don’t like it. (Though I won’t hold my breath for it to change.)

The more I think about it, the less likely I am to do this. The sanding, finishing, staining, etc. I have 4 kids so I definitely don’t want to expose them to those fumes but it’s not like they can move out for a week or 2 while I finish the flooring up. A pre-finish is a good idea but impractical to actually do it. I may go ahead and get 100 bd ft of it and glue up pieces for doors or such in my shop. It’s beautiful wood and I want to use it on something but flooring just isn’t worth the time and hassle. Plus, even if I did get it down, the care that has to be done to real hardwood floors every few years makes it a hassle. And frankly, this house just isn’t worth all of that hassle. We have 5 houses for sale within a few blocks of our house (a foreclosure next door that’s been for sale 14+ months) and I am worried that when we go to sell the house in a year or 2 that the value will be down to where our equity is gone, new flooring or not.

Thank you to all that responded. It’s great to learn new stuff.


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