Refinishing A Hardwood FloorWritten by Lee Dobbins
Want to bring your hardwood floors back to their former beauty, but don’t have money? Then read on for some tips on how you can refinish floor yourself.
If you have time and don’t mind doing work, then refinishing your floors yourself is a great option but before starting out, it’s not a bad idea to get an estimate from a professional so you can compare cost of doing it yourself to what they would charge. You’ll get quite a shock at amount that is charged. It may cost over $1000 to have just 1 room done. You could carpet over it for less, but doesn’t carpeting over beautiful hardwood floors seem, well, wrong?
It is actually rather easy to refinish a wood floor – if you pay attention to what you are doing. To sand floor, you need a drum sander and possibly a belt sander which can be rented at your neighborhood Home Depot or hardware store. They can help you figure out which machines you need to rent, what kind of sand paper you should buy and also can help with type and amount of stain and finish for floor. You might also want to get some dust masks and plastic to section room off from rest of house. Fine particles of dust will get everywhere – even if you section off room, but you may be able to minimize impact on rest of house.
The most important part of refinishing your floors is learning how to control sander. The key to running sander is to make sure it keeps moving at all times, otherwise they are simple to use, although a bit hard on ears. If you stop in 1 spot, you will probably get a big gouge in your floor. Equate it to using an iron on your clothes – if you stop in 1 spot too long you’ll burn a hole. The sander is similar since it creates a lot of heat, keeping it in 1 spot can burn or dent your floor.
Get New Floors And Save A Bundle When You Do It YourselfWritten by Lee Dobbins
Everybody loves look of hardwood floors, but if you have an older home, your floors are probably scuffed, scratched and dingy. Most homes made before 1970 had hardwood floors and even though your house now has carpet there may be a beautiful hardwood floor hiding under your rug!
After years of use, your floor will need to be refinished and that can cost over $1000 for just one room! But if you want to put in a little time and elbow grease, you can refinish floor yourself and have beautiful look of warm wood in your home for a fraction of cost.
Contrary to what you may have heard, finish doesn’t take weeks to dry. It’s quite simple actually. You can get supplies for sanding at your neighborhood home improvement store. You’ll need a drum sander and a belt sander. They will be able to advise you on sandpaper you need, how to use machine and what kind of stain and finish you’ll need to finish off floor. Sanding creates fine particles of dust that will get everywhere and on everything so you may want to pick up some dust masks and drop cloths while you are at it.
The first thing you’ll want to do when refinishing your floor yourself is to learn how to run sander. The key to stripping a floor is learning how to get sander working smoothly. The sanders are very easy to use. But they’re a bit on loud side. The key is to keep it moving at all times. The sander gets very hot and if you stop in one spot for any length of time, you run risk of burning or denting your floor.
Running sander is fun part of refinishing, but you must be cautious as machine is self propelled. You may feel like a Zamboni driver smoothing ice after you get hang of it! When you start it up, hold on firmly and make sure you keep it in control at all times.