So I'll be sanding the floor of Camo Manor this weekend and…
Ah, okay then.
Damn he looked so smug I was praying he was wrong.
No need to tell him though
Not unless it goes wrong, in which case I will be blaming him.
Be prepared for the possibility of mucho dust – when I did ours the place was full of it. Not sure this is supposed to happen but it might.
The hire place has sold us these bags that are supposed to stop the dust getting out… did you use the same sharkbait?Posted 4 years agounklehomeredSubscriber
You can try to seal off the rest of the house, but you can’t. You can only minimise the mess, but its still worth it, double layers of plastic betweene the rooms minimum, Close ALL DOORS IN THE HOUSE.
You will need to clean several days in a row as it settlesPosted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
A word of warning – those big floor sanders are absolute beasts – its quite physical work manoeuvring them and be prepared to be dragged across the floor the first time you lower it down. Seriously throaty machines!
As above make sure all nails are sorted – they destroy the sanding belts in seconds.
You are likely to need multiple passes on each section and make sure you keep a nice even pace otherwise you will have beautiful undulations across the boards.
Also, consider what you’re going to protect your lovely sanded floors with between finishing the sanding and getting them varnished. I didn’t and my wife spilt emulsion on them – soul destroying having to wait for it to dry and then sand some more. Even dusty footprints can take some shifting and remember when you’ve got exposed wood showing anything water based (like mud) can properly get into the wood.
Regardless of any bags etc the hire shop has sold you, you will get dusty – very very very dusty. Make sure you wear eye protection and a face mask.
Good luck – its a bitch of a job!
Danny BPosted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
+1 for eye and mouth/nose protection.
Also, wear full length sleeves/legs and probably a buff or hat to keep the dust off you.
Go diagonal (45deg) to level out between the boards on your first pass or 2. Then go with the grain.
Don’t bother with really coarse paper unless you really have to. The coarse stuff can catch and rip itself off the drum.
Hammer down any exposed nail heads first. they’ll polish up fine, but if they’re sticking out they can catch and rip the sandpaper.
Machines with bags do a fairly good job of catching the dust. Just make sure you empty them regularly and you’re not supposed to leave the machine with them partially full: dust + heat buildup = BANG!
Edge rotary sanders are like trying to pin down a chimpanzee having a fit. YOu have to wrestle the buggers.
Once you’re down to bear wood, wear shoe-protectors or non-marking soles.
Afterwards, once the dust has settled, hoover everything, then wash down with white spirit to degrease.
Once that has dried slap on the varnish/oil/whatever you’re using.
Enjoy the results!Posted 4 years agosleeplessMember
I sanded all the floors in one of our old 5 bed detatched homes once. it was horrible work.
sink all nails in a couple of mm at least to save ripping belts to bits.
have good dust masks, goggles, gloves and coveralls- and spare ones handy.
it is hot work so have drinks on hand.
tape off the doors. if you keep window open make sure all other windows doors are sut including neighbours washing off line.
prepare to seal the sanded floor as soon as you can.have your hoover ready
Dust is your enemy!
We have new house now and just sand around the edge of floors then put big ruggs down. a lot less hassle.Posted 4 years agoqwertyMember
You need some face masks & ear protection. The big machine will not do the edges next to the wall so you also need the smaller hand edging tool which is a bastid to control as its like a shopping trolley in a Jones factory to control. I sealed the room, used the dust bags and used the window for entry / exit once I’d started.
You won’t notice the imperfections until you stain the wood.Posted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Ah yes – forgot to mention ‘The Edge Sander’ – those things would sand a pig in half in seconds.
Pop it down along a skirting board and getting dragged merrily across the floor – great fun!..
Oh, one more tip. If they do sale or return on sanding belts get at least double you think you’ll use otherwise you’ll only be going back to the hire shop for some more half way through the day!
Danny BPosted 4 years ago
[possible sexist comment alert]
I’m going to be sanding with mrscamo16.
The idea was that one of us used the beast (I thought me) and the other utilised the edge sander.
Now I’m not saying that women are weaker than the guys, but do both require muchos strength? Is the plan doable?
[/possible sexist comment alert]Posted 4 years agosleeplessMember
ear defenders – well remembered qwerty. my brain is still rattling around in my skull from not wearing mine for the 1st 10 mins.
Once you have finished the floor you will be so proud. you will expect everyone who walks on you work of art to mention how beautiful it is. if they do not do this, it is fine for you to remind them of how beautiful your floor is.
have some spare nails/ screws ready for any boards which are missing them. also have some spare floorboard and wood worm killer incase you find worm holes after you sand the surface off.Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Edge sander is probably harder to control than the big fella. The belt sander going with the grain leaves a nicer finish.
The last sander I used had an integral handle the lifter the belt off the floor, so you didn’t need to tip it up, much easier than the simple ones.Posted 4 years ago
Okay, I’ll try your method crikey – but since my back is gammy and I’m in the latter stages of recovery from serious knee gash trauma, I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep that up.
Who needs perfectly smooth floorboards anyway? Undulations and scrapes just add character, no?Posted 4 years agothepuristSubscriber
If anything the edge sander is harder work than the belt sander. You could use them in different rooms but I wouldn’t want to choreograph the pair in the same room.
As above they are loud and dusty so decent protection is worth it, not a crappy folding dust mask or suchlike. I’ve used both varnish and oil in the past and these days would definitely choose the oil again (fiddes hard wax oil is what I used last time)Posted 4 years agothepuristSubscriber
Dunno about Danish oil on floors – I’ve only ever used it for exterior woodwork. Not sure how it’d stand up in a heavily trafficed area. I’ve gone off varnish as its harder to do patch repairs that don’t stand out a mile (hallway in a place I let out) whereas the oil finish wears better in the first place then is easier to refinish.Posted 4 years ago
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