My wife wanted to replace the carpeting in our living room with a wood floor. So, for her Christmas present, I picked up a bunch of samples, placed them in a shoe box and gift wrapped it. Of all the samples, she picked the wire brushed Oak Havana due to the texture as well as appearance.
It was the first time I installed a wood floor, and overall it went surprisingly well and quick. Pieces simply snap together. No need for nails. Already owned a table saw, but wanted a miter saw as well. Total costs of new saw and materials was less than a quarter of what I had been quoted by installer.
After pulling up old carpeting and pad, used hammer and pliers to removed tack boards, staples and small nails. Nailed down flush a few nail heads that were sticking up, and then vacuumed to ensure surface was clean. Floor was already level, but used foam underlayment to be sure and for extra noise control. Ran out of the regular underlayment toward end of project, but found that doubling up the foam wrapping that comes in the box. worked just as well for the few extra square feet.
Removed existing molding using large flat head screw driver as a wedge. Was able to easily cut flooring material to about 3/8 inch of walls. Tapped the existing staple nails in the molding, and was then able to simply put molding back from where it came from and nail in.
This floor abuts existing oak floor in our foyer. Thought about covering transition with molding. Opted to instead cut material flush with new floor, but then noticed it lifting slightly. So, used some wood glue to keep transition area flush.
Floor looks wonderful and wife is very happy.