Hi, I've hired a pair of sanders for the weekend, and my edge sander is only
using the very edge of the sandpaper disc, is this normal or am I doing
something wrong, it seems an very innefficient use of the disc, and leaving
a circular residue behind very quickly.
I would have thought that to be normal as the floor (drum) sander will go
close to the skirting and the edge sander does the rest . Are you using
the edge sander flat on the floor -Ive neve used one so i dont actually
know whether all the disc sits ON the floor or just the ddge .
Is the finish satisfactory-If so there isnt a problem !!
"YESTERDAY is history,TOMORROW is a mystery,TODAY is a gift
If you have lots of skank to clear off, you should develop a "flicking"
technique. Rather than leaving the edge sander on the floor, just flick off
the nastiness with just the edge. It takes a little practice. You lift the
machine clear of the floor and swing it left to right at a slight angle to
the floor and just make contact with the wood as you swing. You should then
see the black gunk fly through the air.
This prevents the disc becoming clogged with the stuff. Instead, you give
the grit a chance to actually wear down. I used around 2 extra coarse disks
per room. Most of my rooms had Victorian style black sticky gunk round the
Using the machine this way you develop good muscles. Unfortunately, they
have since disappeared...
Apparently it is a mixture of all sorts of crap. Take some shellac, horse
piss and coal dust. Stir in a big pot with a little water. Pour onto the
floor, but not in the middle where the rug goes. Wait 100 years. Sand the
Paint was expensive.
"N. Thornton" wrote
| > Most of my rooms had Victorian style black sticky gunk round the
| > edges.
| What is that gunk? Tar based?
| Just a century of muck? And why was it put down?
Because they didn't have fitted carpets, so they put a rectangular carpet in
the room and painted round the edges.
It's a kind of lacquer. (Old-fashioned type of varnish, for any youngsters
tuning in.) As you say, very resistant to sandpaper. Better off getting
the doors dipped, if you want to get down below that layer.
The stuff you get on the edges of floors doesn't respond to caustic soda
either. It seems to be a kind of bitumen that a) won't come off and b)
penetrates the wood if you try to solubilise it in any way.
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