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Old 08-16-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Hello....
Any suggestions on who can help us in getting the hardwood floors from lumber liquidators and deliver them to our house? About 15 miles or so....

Thanks!!
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:33 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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What about UHaul? At one time, I could get a flatbed truck from them. I have not done this in nearly 10 years.

Also, at one time - we were able to rent a flatbed from Lowes, for something like $35 an hour. They don't care what you are using it for (or didn't then). In other words, they didn't stipulate that you had to use it to move things specifically from Lowes.

I don't know if either of those suggestions would help. For one thing, you still have the situation of getting the boards off the truck. And I don't know if either of those sources still rent out flatbed trucks.

Maybe someone will have a better suggestion, but at least that gives you something to check out.

Good luck - and hope you enjoy your beautiful new floor!
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:56 PM
 
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Maybe the people who are installing it could go get it for you.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Installers were not going to get it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:57 AM
 
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I bought hardwood flooring for my entire upstairs from a mill in Virginia. At the time, I was not satisfied with the quality of lumber that you end up with from LL. If you are getting pre-finished lumber it's the quality of the edge that makes the difference. The highest quality gives you an absolutely 90 degree edge. The lower quality stuff doesn't. The other measure is the percentage of wood that isn't suitable to install. (caused by knots, wood that isn't straight, and damaged wood from milling) The lower quality stuff gives you more of this crap that you have to throw out. This is why you will often see a wide variation of price in what otherwise sounds like the same wood flooring.

In any case I simply hired a trucking outfit to deliver the lumber to the house. They lowered it down to the street in front of my driveway on a pallet. It was up to us to get it inside. If you are buying solid 3/4 hardwood, then you want it to sit inside for a couple of weeks before it's installed. This allows it time to adjust to the ambient conditions. It isn't as important with engineered wood.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Frewroad..thanks for the tip. Any other suggestions on mills /places in charlotte or surrounding areas that are better than LL but competitively priced?
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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IMO OPer you run the risk of putting yourself in the middle of a purchase that can really hurt you. Poster Freword mentions some very good points and you might consider having your installer approve of the purchase (by looking at the load) determine whether or not it's going to work for you BEFORE you buy 2 tons that will be dropped in your driveway.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:10 AM
 
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try craigslist, or rent a truck
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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Try contacting automotive towing companies. If it is on pallets I'm sure LL will load it and the tow truck an use the tilt bed to unload it. I'm sure they would be glad to do it and probably somewhere close to the same cost of hauling a vehicle.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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try Ushipit.com?
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