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Go to your tool rental place and pick up an edge sander and get everything
level. Then blend in the new finish to the rest of the floor, using a bit of
color varnish if needed for a good color match.
Last edger I rented was a husky rotary beast that was surprisingly easy to
control and worked quite fast. Good luck.