Hardwood floors can be tricky. It sounds like your getting shot down for wanting to install them yourself. We'll add me to the list. Anyone can learn how to install anything. However, flooring is not something you want to learn on. I am a kitchen/bath contractor, I have seen a number of people who wanted to do the job themselves. Guess what, have'nt seen one yet that I would want in my house. Find a pro in your area, not from the diy warehouses and get some samples and pricing. Thet will install and refinish your new floor faster. I think in the long run you will be much happier. Guess who did my hardwoods NOT ME!