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Do I have to ask permission to DIY install hardwood floor in a condo??

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Do I have to ask permission to DIY install hardwood floor in a condo??

Do I have to ask permission to DIY install hardwood floor in a condo??
what will happen if I do it and didn't ask for permission?

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Read your Condo Owner Rules and Regulations. If you do the install without 'permission' or as per their guidlines, they may ask you to rip it out (i.e. may be particular about type of underpadding required). Check before you do anything.
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Hell, you can barely paint in a condo without permission (and in some, you need it to do this).
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I'd ask..safer then doing it and finding out after your not allowed.

Yeah...i'm witht he above poster. I got in trouble once because I had a floor mat outside my condo door. They said it was a tripping hazard. Bear in mind that when I moved in, the condo wasn't fully done..the floors had not carpet, still concrete and the walls in the hallways weren't painted and dust everywhere.

Go figure.
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A friend of mine wanted to do laminate in his condo. No way, no how. The two big issues were where would the contractor (he was willing to pay for pro install) set up to cut and liability for noise. His condo board told him that if the people below him complained about any noise, he'd have to pull it all out. He ended up with carpet.
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Some good reasons I'll never buy a condo. What's the point of owning your own place if you can't do what you want with it.
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Dec 15th, 2006 5:58 pm
Some good reasons I'll never buy a condo. What's the point of owning your own place if you can't do what you want with it.


Because you'll be surrounded by people who aren't allowed to do annoying things either ;)
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Chr1s wrote:
Dec 15th, 2006 1:25 am
Read your Condo Owner Rules and Regulations. If you do the install without 'permission' or as per their guidlines, they may ask you to rip it out (i.e. may be particular about type of underpadding required). Check before you do anything.

I haven't get possession of the condo yet.
looking over the "disclosure" book they gave me, I don't see any there. Would the info be in there?? or I will get rules and regulation book after I get possession????

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Keigotw wrote:
Dec 16th, 2006 2:59 am
I haven't get possession of the condo yet.
looking over the "disclosure" book they gave me, I don't see any there. Would the info be in there?? or I will get rules and regulation book after I get possession????

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If you got the condo docs, then look under noise section. There should be something like construction only allow 8am-8pm. Old condos will have something like only carpet is allowed in the living area (i.e. except kitchen, bathroom and laundry room). For newer condos, they might have noise reducing padding requirement for non-carpeted floor.
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Sound barrier, My condo isn't new, but they still required that I put sound barrier down. and that stuff is about $1 a foot for the entry level stuff. Some people use cork also. Expect at LEAST 1$ a sqft for this stuff. And depending on the type of floor you're installing this increases your cost for material, if you're installing a glue down engineered hardwood. You'll have to glue down the sound barrier and then glue down the wood to the sound barrier. The glue is 200bucks a pail i believe and for 800sqft i needed two pails. I had to do the two glue down applications. hardwood is not cheap.

8bucks a sqft for hardwood
1 for sound barrier
.5 for material
2.5 for install
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$12sqft.. .. thank god i only had 800sqft.

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