Is installing ceramic plank tile flooring really as easy as this video makes it look?

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  1. Aug 8, 2014 #1

    JoeLink

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    I'm trying to decide between laminate flooring, since I could install it myself, or wood-look ceramic tile, which until now I believed I'd have to have someone else install. I was convinced the tile was too expensive, but it looks like I can get it for less than $2.50/sq ft. I'm installing the same flooring throughout the condo, including the kitchen, excluding the bathroom (different tile).

    My family and I are pretty handy, I can't remember the last time my father hired a professional to do anything related to home or automotive. This video makes me think that as long as we studied what we're doing, it wouldn't be too difficult to lay the flooring ourselves and achieve professional results. Is it really as simple as this video makes it look? I know the devil is always in the details, what commonly sets a DIY job apart from a professional job? I'd be going with 1/16 grout, as I want the floors to look like hardwood.

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  2. Aug 8, 2014 #2

    havasu

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    Although I didn't watch the video, I did lay ~1300 sq feet of wood plank tile, and it was extremely easy. The hardest part was the prep, the grouting, and the replacement of the baseboards. Also, the initial straight line and random placement of the tile is essential to making your DIY job look professional.

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    nealtw

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    Check with thew condo, hard floors are not always permitted if you have people below.
    There new cheater aids to help with a perfect flat floor.
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    JoeLink

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    Good to hear :)

    There's nothing in the HOA rules, but I'd hate to be the reason for them creating one. Is there anything one can do to mitigate the noise to the neighbors below?
     

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