When DIY Projects Turn Disaster: the Hardwood Floor Adventure
Ever since we moved into this house, I have been doing some sort of home improvement project. I’ve painted, replaced a windowsill, tiled a bathroom, you name it, I’m willing to give it a shot. I decided that since I successfully tiled our bathroom that laying hardwood floors myself would be no problem. Yeah right.
Last night we went to Home Depot to get some supplies for laying the hardwood flooring. After doing a calculation on how much it would cost us to rent versus buy the hardwood floor nailer, I figured we’d come out ahead and less stressed if we just went ahead and bought the $239 nailer. It’s roughly $22 a day when you rent it, so I figured I’d have to use it for only eleven days before it would pay for itself. I thought it was a good money decision.
Fast forward to today. Mr. Money and I face nailed the first two boards yesterday, and today I decided I would try to lay the floor while he is at work. I get the next boards prepared, bang them into place with a rubber mallet, line up the nailer, bang it, pull the nailer away from the floor, and guess what? There is still the darn nail poking up!! I have tried and tried and tried to do this, but the more I keep doing, the more hardwood floor I end up damaging. I can’t tell you how frustrated I am.
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth it just to pay someone to install it. The whole purpose of doing the hardwood floors ourselves was to save money. Being as frugal as I am, I just can’t justify paying someone else to come in to install the hardwood. I’ve got the tools, but honestly I think I’m lacking the strength (and maybe patience) to do this myself. I think I’m going to price some garage sale items, clean, and wait for Mr. Money to come home so he can attempt to install them. I’m really hoping he’ll give it a fair try and be strong enough to nail the floor in.
Do you think I should just suck it up and pay someone to come do it? Am I being too frugal here?