I'm considering refinishing the hardwood floors in my house - this
consists of 4 bedrooms, a hallway, and a set of stairs. I would like
to do it room-by-room as time allows, probably several weekends over
the course of several months.
I'm concerned that when I do that, I may see overlap 'seams' in the
finish. For example, if I do the hallway last, will I see a seam
where the finish overlaps in every bedroom doorway? Is there any way
to avoid it or fix it?
Its possible to minimize seaming by putting the final coat on the entire
area, but I think the best way would be to do the whole thing at once.
You are going to have to deal with a lot of dust, and assuming rental
tools, getting them back and forth for each room each weekend. I would
leave the furniture in the rooms and remove all toe molding the first
weekend. On the next, move all the furniture out and seal the area with
plastic sheeting to keep dust out of the rest of the house; A few window
exhaust fans will help with dust control; then do all your sanding (you
will save a lot of rental fees by doing it all at once) and finishing,
with no worry about seaming. You could probably do the stairway
separately, since you will need different tools there, like a small belt
sander, and there is usually a break between the stairs and the floor,
so you wouldn't have to worry about seaming.
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