Hardwood Floor Advice

I am having a hardwood floor installed in the kitchen. The rest of the downstairs is already hardwood but not in such good condition anymore so I am considering having those redone at the same time. This way all the floors will match in color. However, my husband says it will be hell to live with while they are resanding. Anyone here ever done this? Was it that awful? Pat
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It's going to be hell whether you do one room or more. You'll need to spend at least one night elsewhere.
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Yes it will be a mess, get the cheap .99c plastic drop cloths and cover Everything and anything , dust travels. If you have forced Air heat it would be best to shut it down, Cover and Tape all vents closed till a cleanup occurs.. And spend a Few nights away.
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Do it all in one shot to avoid the mess many times over. Seal off the rooms that will not be done as best you can. You may want to spend the night at a motel. Ed
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I have had floors sanded on two occasions. There was dust, sure, but it wasn't hazardous to your health. Yes, cover everything and block the heat ducts, but a night in a motel? Romantic, perhaps, but not needed unless they are finishing the floor with solvent-based stuff (lacquer or urethane). Even the urethane is not that bad but people vary in how tolerant they are of the odor. Waterborne finishes are not a problem, and they are widely used these days.

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We just had the floors in our entire house except our family room redinished. Moving furniture was a pain. It took 4 days to complete and it was pretty messy. We moved out while it was being done But it's worth it.
Jan 2004 13:54:48 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Patscga) wrote:

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Patscga wrote:

My dad used this sander on our floor http://www.flecto.com/product.asp?frm_product_idw&SBL=1 (it was in the Varathane isle of many of our local hardware store, i.e. Rona, Home Depot, CO-OP)
It really kept the dust down. My dad did 2 bedrooms, the living room and dining room while we worked on other areas of the house. It was no big deal being in the house at the same time he was sanding, it kept that much dust out of the picture. We did wear small dust masks just so we didn't breathe in the little dust that was there, but they were not needed when the machine wasn't in use.
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On 23 Jan 2004 13:54:48 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Patscga) wrote:

Yeah. It makes a mess. Seal off the area from the rest of the house to help contain the dust. You can use plastic sheeting. Use drop cloths over your furniture and put away all your knick-nacks. Replace your furnace filters before and after its all over. You could bungee cord a furnace filter over a box fan and run that in the work area to help control the dust. Is it all worth it? Sure.
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We had it done while on vacation. When we got back we had a "new" floor and a clean house.
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