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KatieG

05:14AM | 09/27/04
Member Since: 09/26/04
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My husband is installing new hardwood flooring in our new construction home (actually the hardwoods are from beams from a 200 year old mill that my husband has had planked and planed). Is is absolutely necessary to sand the floors prior to varnishing? My husband is thinking of sealing the planks with one coat of varnish prior to installation then just spot sanding areas (not totally sanding the floors) before applying two coats of varnish. If the planks are planed well enough is it necessary to sand the floor later?

k2

06:28AM | 09/27/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello Katie,

This floor you describe could come out looking really, really cool!

I just wanted to let you know that it was surprisingly affordable to have a professional come to the house and refinish a floor for us. (I had done all the repair work myself. This can be really time consuming (and expensive) for a pro to do.))

We had it sanded, stained, sealed, and 2 coats poly for (I guess) about $300 more than it would've cost me to rent equipment, schlep it out here and do it myself. Plus, he had more (and better) equipment than we could've rented! (Better "dust free" sander, polisher, etc.) I can't recall the square footage but it was a kitchen/dining area...not too large.

I should mention that I am not a pro--although I have gone through the sanding & finishing process a couple of times as a DIYer. It's difficult for a DIYer to not have small 'ruts' in the finished floor. Plus, again, the drum sander we can rent isn't as smooth as the ones the pros use.

Did your husband tongue-&-groove the boards as well? Or is he planning to "face nail" them, or ???

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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KatieG

06:55AM | 09/27/04
Member Since: 09/26/04
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The planks are "shiplapped" which is a version of tongue and grooving, and yes, he is face nailing them down. We also put ten of the whole beams in our ceiling (we have an open living room/dining area/kitchen). They're Southern Yellow Pine and already they look beautiful. I can't wait for the floors to be done. We have about 1200-1500 square feet to do.

He may go the sanding/varnishing route afterall, but is considering just varnishing the planks in the manner I explained. He has to decide in the next week or so, so any input is helpful.

Thanks for your info.
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