Using A Hardwood Floor SanderWritten by Lee Dobbins
Refinishing your hardwood floors yourself can be time consuming and a bit scary at first but well worth it in long run. It can cost a bundle to hire a professional to refinish your floors for you, but if you have time, you can do it yourself. The most difficult part is learning to run sander. Many people are afraid of ruining their floors, and you can really damage a floor if you do not take care in sanding.
Sanding is fairly easy if you pay attention and finish does not take as long to dry as you might have been led to believe. You can rent a sander from your local Home Depot or hardware supply store. You’ll need a drum sander, a belt sander or both. They will explain to you how to use machine and tell you what kind of sand paper to purchase. They will also tell you what kind of stain and finish to get. Make sure you also pick up some dust masks because you will have saw dust everywhere.
The key to a good floor finish is surface, so most important thing when learning how to run sander is getting a feel for equipment. Sanders are not as hard to use as you think. They are loud and messy, but fairly easy to operate. Just keep sander in motion at all times. Moving sander in a constant motion will reduce risk of damaging 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.
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.