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walsh

04:40AM | 03/01/03
Member Since: 02/28/03
1 lifetime posts
We have hardwood floors in a newly renovated 3 season porch (now 4 seasons) that have been in the house over 100 years. they are good condition but we would like to sand them after the work has been complete. The floor used old box nails that have a nice old look to them. the builder says they have to be set & filled in order to sand the floors. therefor losing the old look. Is this actually the case or can we save the old look of the nails?

Hardwood Guy

12:46AM | 03/02/03
Member Since: 11/30/02
36 lifetime posts
Walsh:

Why set the nails? What a good way to ruin an antique looking floor. I can see a reason to set sharp 6p nails or similar as it will tear apart sanding paper, but older cut nails will not, unless there is something I am missing here.

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Frank B

11:17AM | 03/10/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
32 lifetime posts
punch the nails but don't fill em, no reason too the filler won't match the floor no matter how good you think yor color matching skills are. it is a good idea to set the nails if the'tr going to make contact with the drum of the sander because
1.) they'll tear the paper,
2.) if you do sand a nail, you'll remove the grit of the pare on that part of the drum and make "lines" on the floor because you'll have a highspot on the paper from sanding a nail.
3.) you can damaged a drum and ruin a good machine therefore affecting you progress on the job and future work.
4.) if a nail is loose it may come up ****her from the vibrations of sanding and buffing.
5.) If you do happen to sand a nail, and not all of them equally, you'll have new looking shiney nails all over the floor, and no matter good of a sanding job you've done you'll see the few shiny nailheads glaring at you..

so, punchem and leave them alone, do not fill them..

Frank B

Hardwood Guy

02:28PM | 03/10/03
Member Since: 11/30/02
36 lifetime posts
Frank:

What part of PA do you hail? I get leads I can't do anything with half the time.

Frank B

02:24AM | 03/11/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
32 lifetime posts
outside of Philadelphia, But I do alot of work in Philadelphia. All the big restaurants, nite clubs... gimme a buzz.. 610-640-2000..


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