My house was built sometime in the 50's, and then later wall to wall
carpet was added on top of the hardwood floors. Now that my three kids
have sufficiently ruined the carpet, I plan to pull up all the carpet
and refinish the hardwood. Will there be any significant problems with
doing the different rooms at different times? Otherwise I have to
concern myself with moving all of the furniture out of the house at one
time. My personal feeling is that if I do that, then I might as well
move it into a new house.
You might consider renting one or more storage lockers for your
belongings and just move completetly out while sanding. Sanding is a
gruesome task and yu don't want to do more than once. Put your family
in a nice hotel and they wont' mind.
you might do one floor at a time. to minimize disruption. depends on
I can remember when wall to wall was DELUXE and sign you were
The pendelum has swung, now its hardwood..
Frankly carpewt is warmer quieter and less hassle.
you might get a couple rooms refinished then decide if you want to do
the entire house, it also gives you a place to store belongings from
of course you could cover everything with pre finished fake hardwood,
thats easy to do one room at a time.
you existing floors may not be in the best of shape:(
locally there are contractors who are low dust....havent tried them
myself I like carpet....
You will be renting the drum sander I presume? If you don't have a
belt sander you need to rent it too. What I'll do if i have time, and
summer is a good time to do it, is to do it in one shot. Equipment
rental will run you about $100 each time. I did four rooms beginning
of this summer. it is an empty apartment where the tenants just moved
out. The size is about 600 to 700 square ft.. Rental runs about 1/3
of the total cost. But the cost consideration is far less important
than the aggravation your family has to endure for the job. The dust,
noise, and wet polyeurathane. I'd bite the bullet and do it in one
i suggest one room at a time.
each room to be WELL sealed off from the other rooms.
my sister has hardwood floors that require refinishing, what a mess!
i on the other hand have used PREFINISHED hardwoods in the past two houses
and LOVE it!
Without experience, you will probably put dents in the floor with a drum
sander. You have to keep it mooving at a constant rate at all times,
lowering the drum to the floor, going across and lifting off the floor.
You should use at least 3 coats of a varnish such as polyurythane. Satin
plyurethane is not as tough as gloss. Some old timers use tung oil,
because it is "spot" repairable.
Take it from me... you should hire a professional, because it won't take
long to find out you should have, especially when you find out how hard
Doug, not to worry....go to Home Depot and rent one of their flat vibrating
sanders . Follow the directions with the several grades of sandpaper. Then
after a good vacuum and wipe of all the dust actually very little with the
flat sander use a damp towel for the last wipe up. After that apply 4 or 5
coats of water based poly on top of a stain of your choice. The water based
poly dries to the touch in an hour and second coat can be applied after only
two hours and there are no fumes. One room can be done today and another
tomorrow or next week. My 75 year old floors get some really great comments
and the wife loves them too.
My preference would be to have a storage unit dropped off.
Move out for a week. Have the floors done by a pro.
Would give you a chance to paint at the same time. Thoroughly clean &
then move back in.
Major PITA yes, but it could all be done in a week.
One or two rooms at a time with sanding & dry times for the floors,
moving back & forth, & you'll be sick of it before it's over. It will
take longer than you think this way.
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