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ChicagoBungalow

07:29PM | 08/19/03
Member Since: 08/18/03
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Bvflooring
Hi, hoping someone can help! We just bought our first house (a week ago) and our first big project is to refinish the floors. We finished the prep, which was pretty dirty work, and now it's time to rent the sander. My husband is getting cold feet - he's worried it's too big a project. We've never done anything like this before, but I'd say we're pretty handy. I think we can do it. Any advice?

Graham Flooring

03:03AM | 08/20/03
Just a few tips. Go with the grain, and use dust masks.
For close to the wall a belt sander is great.
Sweep up all the dust .. then go back with a tack cloth to remove all the rest of the dust.
It is a big project. But it can be done with patience, and time.
Good luck.

k2

04:23AM | 08/20/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
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I've done this a couple of times and am not too far off from doing it yet again. (All different houses! --not like I keep doing the SAME floor!)

It definitely takes some courage. I have to mentally prepare for it. This time I'm planning to rent a 120-volt sander instead of the 240v 'beast' I used last time. It actually looks somewhat user friendly.

Graham's comments about the belt sander are interesting. Before I've rented the little orbital job to do the edges. I may have to try that myself.

Usually when DIY'ers do floors, you can tell--because they generally leave tiny 'ripples' that the pros don't. Pros just are that much smoother with the drum sander. They're not that big a deal--but they're there just the same. Hopefully my next time (and yours) will be really smooooooth!

One problem I had when we did a floor before: it was a little too chilly when we put down polyurethane, and it turned milky. It was definitely not the look we wanted--but we lived with it thereafter. (After all, who's to know--besides us--that it WASN"T the look we wanted?) (I guess a flooring pro might have recognized it immediately.) So I'd definitely heed the finish's instructions regards temperature/conditions.

Oh--one more thing. Hardwood specialists sell some really beautiful wood floor registers--to replace the common steel ones. They're expensive ($60-100) but wow are they pretty. I think we're going to opt for these ourselves.

Good luck....and please wish us the same
-k.

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