Get yourself a pretty woman to walk on your back every other hour - you'll need it! I did the entire upstairs of our house (minus kitchen and bath) and I was wrecked for a month afterwards. That's hard work when you're not used to it. Dinning room, living room, 3 bedrooms, hallway, and stairs, all done in clear maple. I stapled it with air stapler. That's a lot of swinging of a hammer and up and down getting pieces and cutting them to length. Its been down for over 10 years now. Other than normal scratched from animals or wife moving furniture when she has a new bright idea - it looks good. Glad I made the decision to put it down. I agree though, prep work is key - otherwise, don't waste your time or money if not willing to do the proper prep work.