Drill Brushes and Floor Sander: How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor
Refinishing hardwood floors can be a tough yet rewarding task. Host David Thiel offers some tips on using a floor drum sander to get the job done efficiently.
Tape off the tile floor adjacent to the area to be sanded and cover any vents with cardboard.
Put a sanding belt on the sander beginning with a lower grit (40) and working your way up to the higher grits. Be sure to tie on the collection bag.
Start slow to get the feel for the machine. Go with the grain of the wood and make passes until all the finish is off and the boards are smooth (Image 1). The edge sander works in a similar fashion, just run it with the grain in a small oval pattern (Image 2). When you notice the sanders aren't taking down finish anymore, it's time to change the paper.
The edger can't get everywhere, so you'll need to use a hand scraper in tight areas.
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