on 7/2/2008 8:41 PM Anthony Lisanti said the following:
I used a 3" belt sander to do my old 10' x 30' deck. It took two days (I
took a lot of breaks) and a week of recovery from a sore back, but came
out great. Hint: sanding cross grain works faster.
Just countersink all nails, or screws, so you don't tear up the belts
more than necessary.
Yes! I just did my 20x30 deck and it turned out great! I rented a
floor sander from Home Depot, so sanding wasn't to difficult. The
hardest part was sanding the sides with a small electric hand sander.
I then stained it, and now it looks like a new deck. I'd use the walk
behind orbital sander as opposed to the drum sander. It is real easy
to create big grooves with the drum. If you do use the orbital sander,
use ~ 30 grit first, then 100 grit to finish it. That seemed to work
good for me.
Also make sure you go over it with a hammer first to pound down any
Not if it is the old-style treated wood- the stuff that had a green hue
when new. You don't really want you or your kids and pets inhaling or
ingesting the fine chemical-laden particulates. Look at the bottom or
other weather-protected areas for the printing or a green color. If you
want to do it anyway, wear a mask and take other indicated precautions
for working treated wood, and wash it well before you let the little
creatures gnaw on it.
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