Installing laminate flooring looks deceptively easy. It is if:
1. You have all the correct tools and materials and I do mean all of them.
2. you are real handy.
3. your knees are as sound as an 18 Yr. old's
I tried doing it myself in a house I used to own. I'm real handy (helped build my first house). Had, I thought, all the right tools and I was 45 at the time. I gave up. There are lots of little tricks of the trade that will foul you up and make you ill-tempered. I ended up hiring a proffessional installer; and, after listening to lots of good natured cracks about being a "happy home owner" the job got done quickly and correctly.
If you can afford it, let an expert do it, and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of his/her labor.
RBB..Thanks for the advice...too late!! My son in law, and my 15YO DGS have about finished the job...only the small bath and laundry area left to do!!! I got a bed, TV and phone...table and easy chair moved over today so will be spending my first night in my new home. Thanks. Jo