Well just got done with a 2000sq ft install and finish. Heres the kicker- the home owner would buy and provide all the materials and such. The only thing I was to provide were the staples and my own equipment.
Our original aggrement was that he was to buy 3" #1 or #2 common maple, you know something on the cheaper side.
I was thinking around $2.79- $3.69 a foot was about right for maple, well he pulled a fast one on me and his lawyer wife. They went and got the Lumber Liquidators "$..99 sq ft." deal!
Well I have worked with this $.99 stuff before about 4yrs ago and swore Id never do it again. Milled wrong, no tounge & groove the widths were different, knots and holes galore, cracked boards, tons, and I mean tons, almost 90% of the wood were shorts too! I was never o happy to find a board that was 4ft or longer! I pointed out all the bad things about the wood and the owner told me to stop whining about it and put it all in.
I have worked with alot of select % better, #1, #2 common, tavern and utility grade stuff that was never as bad as this stuff.
I told the owner that this wasnt to our agreement but his lawyer wife pointed out that in the contract it didnt specify to where or what grade of wood would be used.
So I installed it all, knots and all, I filled few but it didnt state in the contract I had to fill em all. There were some holes that went clear to the sub-floor!
I did use the best stuff for the living room and entry way since thats what you would see first, plus the longer boards too. The shot is of the better stuff so it looks nice but check out the lower half of the pic and you can see the knottier stuff that I had to use every place else.
So this is a warning too you guys Id like to pass along, check every detail!
I had to hire 2 extra guys to help install and it took twice as long to do too. My forearms still are sore from trying to bang that crap together, just imagine the worst board youve found and couldnt get in and times that by 10! I have never felt so tired im my life, this wood just sucked the life outta you!
Included a pic of finished floor, remember I did the whole house about 2000sq ft. Turned out pretty nice due to the fact it was crappy wood, I wouldnt put this $.99 stuff in my outhouse! LOL I did get $3.00 to install and finish though but ended up with less profit due to hiring extra guys to help install.
Heres pic of the downstairs, not bad but for any other job/customer I wouldnt of been satisfied.
Let me hear any horro stories youve guys have had. Also let know what ya think of the floor.