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Got An Installation Problem? Ask a Colleague!

By Scott Summers, (252 words) Posted in Business on October 13, 2008
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If you have difficulty don't hesitate to ask
for helpAfter 10 years, it is a rare occasion when I question whether or not I can install a new type of flooring or tackle a difficult layout. At this point, I've seen just about every difficult layout and uncertain jobsite condition imaginable. Still, I recently had to swallow my pride and ask for some advice on a job that just wasn't going the way I thought it should.

I won't get into details, but after talking it through with a product rep, it was a no-brainer. On my own, however, I could not seem to find the solution. Maybe I just had sensory overload that day and couldn't clear my head. I don't know. But I'm glad I asked for help. Had I continued on my original course, I don't know that the job would have turned-out so well.

Shaking hands with customer over job well
doneMy point is, don't be afraid to ask for help, even if you're a seasoned veteran. We all have bad days, and there's always someone out there with more experience or can at least offer a fresh perspective on the situation. Had I not swallowed my pride and asked for help, it could have cost me thousands of dollars. My pride may not taste so good, but my wallet's sure glad I swallowed it!

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Comments (41)

kev posted on: October 20, 2008

Excellent advice! I cannot agree more. I've been in situations where I offered advice to a fellow installer and their pride kept them from following it. To make a long story short, it cost his company thousands in the long run. Don't be afraid to ask for help! I've been receiving great advice in the forums on here.

mark posted on: November 2, 2008

i would like to install my own engineered wood floor with the nail down method. can you explain the process of transitioning from one room to the next without having to use transition pieces in the doorways. i'm talking about using the same flooring from room to room. thanks

robert b posted on: December 7, 2008

i want to install full length -16 foot 6" t&g yellow pine over a sub floor of diagonally run 2x6 with 3/4 particle board on top. to avoid ripping up the particle board can i use my flooring nailer along with glue..ie, liquid nails? thanks

Scott Summers posted on: December 10, 2008

Hi Robert, Check-out FAF'S discussion forums and ask your question again there. This link should take you to the hardwood forum: http://www.findanyfloor.com/forum/FloorTypes/Hardwood.xhtml

Good luck,


Stacey K posted on: December 20, 2008

If anyone still needs help with their installation, please post your question in our forums and a hardwood professional will be sure to get you the answers you need!

joe posted on: October 28, 2011

We own Surfaces Flooring in Florida. Looking for some kind of literature on nailing engineered wood over engineered wood floor. THis is glued over existing subfloor. (adhesive was Duck Glue). We have an issue with the original wood floor and cannot remove it. But can lay over it if can prove it is a reasonable option... We understand we can use rosin paper over existing and nail down new engineered floor. But need some written backup. HELP PLEASE!!!!! joe@suncoastplumber.net

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