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Old 07-03-2019, 09:20 AM
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Iím supposed to be laying these ďeasyĒ float and lock bamboo floors. Fought with them for a couple hours and got nowhere. Now Iím laying on the couch that I moved to the kitchen trying to regroup 😂


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Have you looked online?
Old 07-03-2019, 09:34 AM
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Youtube has many tutorials. Maybe seeing someone demonstrate will help. Good luck to you.
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:32 AM
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You soooooooooooo have my sympathy.
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:46 AM
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We struggled with ours until we bought a vinyl cutter on amazon...it may work for bamboo:
https://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Tools-...gateway&sr=8-7

It was costly, but we sold it when we were done. It made a BIG difference. I see there are others available that are less money.
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:04 AM
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You have my sympathy, too. 1956BD has good advice. If Youtube had been as prolific 12 years ago as it is now, our "easy" float and lock cork floor wouldn't have caused steam to come out of Man's ears as he fought with the "easy to install!" cork boards.

When salespeople tell me things are easy, I usually say, "Easy is a relative term. I find it easy to keep 20 5 year olds busy and engaged for 5 hours at a time. How easy is it compared to that?" Invariably, they blanch and usually have no answer. That's when I try to talk Man into hiring things done. He usually believes the salesperson and then steam comes out of his ears.


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Old 07-03-2019, 12:18 PM
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Yea, YouTube is how Iíve learned how to do everything. I regrouped and now things are going better- the first few rows were tough, but now theyíre going better since theyíre more weighted and not sliding.

At least itís a room with a TV 😜 so I can watch while I work!
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:14 PM
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Oh I feel your pain, but yours is far more than mine. (See my post about chair ).

Iím very impressed you are attempting this, and are now succeeding. Photos when done, please
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:37 PM
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the floor material is pretty and i LOVE your fireplace!
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Old 07-03-2019, 03:26 PM
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I would be so afraid to try that! You are doing a great job. Looks really good!
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Old 07-03-2019, 04:04 PM
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Thanks! I actually just German schmeared the fireplace last week and installed the shiplap. Also sanded the stain off the mantle- Iíll have to find a stain that goes with the floors!

I donít know how brave I am, stupid maybe 😜 I knew when I bought my house that it needed a lot of work- itís a pricey neighborhood, and I got it for a townhouse price. Summertime is my project time! I can definitely see my age in the 4 years that Iíve had the house- I used to be able to work for longer periods of time, but man my body canít handle it anymore!


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Old 07-03-2019, 04:25 PM
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It all looks amazing. I don't think I could ever accomplish what you have done. My goal is to paint 2 rooms and all I've done so far is to buy paint brushes and rollers. You may have inspired me.
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Old 07-03-2019, 05:44 PM
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You are a rock star! I can't even imagine attempting that.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:21 PM
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Oh- I looove painting! I find it relaxing (obviously the prep sucks, as with most projects).

When I first moved in, I was the little engine that could- I tackled so many projects. Now Iím definitely old and washed up 😂

I used to blog my projects- I need to get back to doing it. I did it mostly for myself as a place to keep all my before/after photos- http://meghansoldhouse.blogspot.com/?m=1
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:31 AM
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We did that a couple of months ago. Yours are looking good!
Just an FYI, our bamboo floors, scratch much easier than I thought they would.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:05 AM
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It's looking fantastic!! I have done floors like that before- it's a lot of work (especially if you do it on your own). Fantastic job!
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:17 AM
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I admire you and your hard work! This is what I really define as a home project worthy of bragging/posting about here on this board! Your floor will look so nice!
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:26 AM
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Ohh- thatís good to know! My last two places had hardwood, but it was it was the standard builder grade hardwood- not sure how it compares to the bamboo. Fortunately we donít have any pets or kids in the home, so they should *hopefully* remain in good condition 😜
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