The project is effectively complete. I still need to fill a few nail holes with some wood putty, but aside from that it's done.
Putting a floor in is hard work. It's not difficult work as long as you plan it out well ahead of time, but it's tough on the knees. Now, if I spent my life working construction or something similar, this would probably be no big deal. But I have a bum knee and have been in IT my whole life. It's a good thing I'm in shape. ;-)
A table saw may not save you as much time as you think. I have one and I spent loads of time walking to and from it. If you can move the table saw close to the room you're working in, this will help a lot. Alternatively, a mitre box and a backsaw may be a better alternative (perhaps not for your cutting arm though).
A miter box and backsaw (or powered miter saw) are integral when putting down the quarter rounds. You'll need to make a few miter joints -- possibly many depending on the size and shape of your room. You can use a table saw set to 45°, but wrapping your head around how to the make the right cut can be a challenge. With a miter box/backsaw, it's super easy. You just see it and cut it.
If you have a curved wall (an "imperfect" wall) and need to make a curved cut for your first or last row of planks, you can use your table saw for the curve (assuming it's not a significant angle). Just be sure to start your cut on the small entry angle end. It makes it easier IMHO.
The flooring is down. I completely forgot to take any pictures during the process, so all I have are photos of the nearly finished product. For those who have never done this and have questionable knees (like me)... ouch.
I'll be wrapping this little project up today -- quarter rounds, transistion, and clean up.
I have successfully emptied the room and removed the carpet, underlayment, and carpet tack strips. It was a mess. The amount of dust, dirt, and other things (like cigarette butts) was surprising.
One of the biggest challenges was moving the piano. I bought this thing from a Japanese family that was heading back to Japan. They obviously bought it used from someone themselves, but as they were pressed for time, I got it for a song. With that said, the thing is ancient and (as the kids say) OMG is it heavy (I know... duh... it's a piano). Aside from ripping the front legs off the thing while moving it, my biggest concern was destorying the hardwood floor I'd have to move it to. Lucky, this short video showed me the way. Must be nice to have a router. I used a wood chisel.
Once that was done, everything else seemed relatively easy. There are some more pics after the break, but here is the room now -- ready for me to start laying the floor down in the morning.
I'm not sure why (aside from vanity?), but I've decided to start a blog. And being a blog about pretty much nothing, I decide what better why to kick it off than by documenting my flooring project. I'm not doing anything crazy... just putting some relatively inexpensive laminate flooring down in my front room/den.
Because it's cheap and this is the first time I'm doing this. I've read up on it and watched a load of DIY videos. But if I'm going to screw this up, I'd rather be out hundreds rather than thousands of dollars.
That's it for now. I now have to actually go do this (over the next couple of days). Moving the piano should be interesting. More to come...