Refinishing wood floors
How To Use A Drum Sander
On this refinishing wood floors guide, we're going to start with sanding the body
of the wood floor, using a drum sander.
Begin by loading your drum or belt wood floor sander with a 60 grit sand paper
Operating this machine is very simple
. The tricky part is managing your power cable
, without running it over or tripping over it.
If, you know how to Fly Fish
, you can manage your wire easily
Do a roll cast to roll it out to the side
, or a forward and then back cast to place it behind you
Or have a helper control the wire
while your operating the hardwood refinishing flooring tool, careful not to trip over it.
Before we start, picture an airplane landing and taking off
One smoothly lands on it's wheels, as another takes off into the air.
Memorize this motion
, this is the same motion, you'll use to raise and lower the drum
, on the wood floor sander, to refinish wood floors.
Put that drum down to hard, and you'll gouge
the floor, Raise it to fast, and you'll have unevenness
or a ramp up.
Let's avoid unwanted gouges in our floor. This way there will be less work of fixing little problems like this one.
Like anything, it takes practice
, to get use to it. Practice a few passes
on a sheet of plywood, to get use to controling the flooring tool, before you begin.
Becareful, you can seriously injure yourself and others, if, you use this hardwood refinishing flooring tool, incorrectly
refinishing wood floors using a Drum or Belt floor sander
Flooring Tool Renting Tip
: For heavy or aggressive sanding
, use a drum floor sander. You'll need horsepower to refinish old hardwood floors. Plus the sandpaper will less likely break on you.
For finess sanding
, stain wood finish, tung oil wod finish, and 1 coat systems such as Rubio Monocoat. Use a belt floor sander, for refinishing hardwood floors, you can get grits up to 150.
Operating the Control Lever
Begin by starting from one corner of the room.
I usually start closest to where my cable is and work away from it. If, you're uncomfortable being around it, keep away from the cable
, for safety reasons.
Let's pretend the cable is on the left side. Sanding with the grain
of the wood floor.
Power up the machine, slowly start moving forward at the same time lower the drum control handle/lever
Once you feel the drum, touch the flooring
, slowly and gradually release the lever, and proceed forward, at a slow constant speed .
As you approach the wall begin to raise the lever
. The raise should be around 1/4" off the floor
Note: Avoid bumping into the wall, this will apply pressure to the front of the sander downwards, resulting in gouges.
Retract or Start to move backwards, lower the lever gradually, then start to sand backwards
As you return to your starting point raise the lever
. This completes your hardwood floor refinishing motion.
You can have someone assist
you with the power cable, to prevent tripping over it. While you're refinishing hardwood floors.
Repeat this hardwood floor refinishing process
until the boards are sanded even.
This sometimes takes a few passes, depending on the wood flooring tool being used
, horsepower and features of the machine makes a difference here.
Are you getting the hang of things, yet? Let's continue.
Once the flooring are even and the old finish have been removed
Move the floor sander over half the distance of the drum's width
Overlapping your passes will ensure that you won't miss any spots and end up with any uneven sanding areas.
Repeat this hardwood floor refinising process
until you've completely sanded the wood flooring on this side of the room.
Inspect your work
Check the flooring
to make sure you've refinished all the wood flooring evenly to each other
, have removed the existing wood floor finishes
and any unwanted marks
. Before continuing on with your hardwood floor refinishing, resand any spots as needed.
Once completed and satisfied, continue on to refinish wood floors with the opposite side
of the room.
Move any wires and cables
that maybe in your way, continue with your hardwood floor refinishing
, until whole entire room is completed.
After, you've finished with your first grit, continue on to the next grit size up
Repeat the hardwood floor sanding process
, until you've reached your final grit of 100, before continuing onto the next step of this refinishing wood floors guide..
Tip: Set any nails and apply wood putty to any gaps, before you start your final grit
After, you've completed the hardwood flooring refinishing, clean debris if necessary.
There's a trick
from not having to do, all this work, I'll mention it later.
For now, you should just stick to the basic step by step hardwood floor refinishing procedure
, to ensure you get the best results, at the end.
When you're refinishing wood floors, sanding backwards
can be difficult or awkward.
You can also sand in a uni direction.
Use only a forward motion to make operating the floor sander easier.
This will take longer to complete. But, you'll prevent any accident or injury
, from occurring.
refinishing wood floors takes practice and repetition to become good at it. Inspect your work to ensure that you're getting the result you want. Look for gouges, missed spots, cuts, or unevennes, correct them as needed, before moving on to the next step.
If, you're unsure, contact a Flooring Professional
, to prevent injuring yourself and others. Better to be safe then sorry.
When using this refinishing wood floors guide, please operate all machines in a safe manner, to prevent accidents and injuries from occuring.
Now, we're ready to sand our edges, using edger refinishing hardwood floor.
Learn sanding tricks and tips
on refinishing wood floors of certain types of wood flooring like:
Reclaimed Heartpine Flooring
White Pine Flooring
Maple Hardwood, Birch, and Beech Hardwood Flooring
Brazillian Cherry, Santos Mahogany, Teak, And Ipe Wood Flooring
White Oak and Red Oak Hardwood Flooring
Repairing Common Wood Floor Sanding Issues
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