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Will these stripes be very visible if I apply finish to the hardwood floors without doing more sanding?

I recently decided to refinish the hardwood floors on the second story of my home. To do this, I rented a drum sander from a local rental facility, and ran it over the floors up through the ...
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Gaps between hardwood floors

I have about 800 sqft of hardwood flooring that is quite old that I want to sand down and refinish. However, I have these large gaps that go almost about 1/6 - 1/8 of an inch. After sanding this down ...
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Hardwood Floor Restoration

Hardwood Refinishing Project I am refinishing my hardwood floors in a future rental property (I am the owner), this will be my first time doing this. I have sanded in stages up to 100 grit, edge ...
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Resealing old wood floors without sanding as a temporary fix?

I recently bought a 1917 house with all original hardwood floors. I refinished the maple floors upstairs and they look great. Unfortunately the oak floors downstairs are utterly unsalvageable. The ...
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Can I apply polyurethane to my entire wood floor after staining scratches?

My hardwood floors are 7 years old but only have some sporadic surface scratches and only very few spots scratches broke through the surface into the wood. These stand out because the stain is dark ...
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Condo Hardwood Install Advice

I am looking into installing new hardwood in my condo and have seen conflicting info on a few things that I could use clarification on. The existing hardwood sits on some some 3/4" sleepers which ...
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Can I Polyurethane a room in sections

Hi I'm currently working on trying to finish the floor in my art room/studio in my home. It is an old hardwood floor, as the house was built in 1914 and I'm unsure of the age, finish or stain, all I ...
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Wipe-on oil based poly fumes dangerous? [closed]

So I refinished a table and did only 3 coats of mines wipe-on oil based satin poly, the temp has been colder here in AZ and it would only get to 75 Fahrenheit during the day then drop to 55-60 during ...
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How should we proceed with hardwood floor sanding when getting uneven results?

We started sanding the old wood floor with a 60-grit drum sander. We did sand twice with 60 grit, but we can see uneven sanded floors. Should we sand with 36-grit or redo with 60-grit again?
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Please help me identify this 1927 flooring found under carpet? I need to buy 30 feet for repairs

I’d love to learn how to identify type and color so I can buy some matching repair pieces
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1890s Victorian home: is the wood flooring worth refinishing? [closed]

Our house was built in the 1890s and has the original wood floors in it. These floors were covered with subflooring when we moved in. The previous owner jacked the house up and redid the foundation ...
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How can I remove spot stains from this hardwood floor?

I recently found hardwood flooring under some carpet, and I want to keep it. The problem is it has some dark spot in it that I don't like. Is sanding the only way to remove these spots?
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Can the water stains in this hardwood floor be sanded out?

Do you think sanding will be able to take out these water marks, or do the boards need to be replaced? The water damage is old (prior to the previous owner, so at least 12 years) and the floor is ...
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How can I tell if this is hardwood or subfloor?

Photo 1: Photo of the carpet, pad, and wood taken from lifting up the carpet from the vent cover. Photo 2: Photo of an unfinished closet that leads to the crawlspace. Would a vent ever be installed on ...
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What caused, and how to fix, wooden stair tread stains?

We recently put in brand new, prefinished red oak stair treads. Yesterday we had a steam cleaner come clean the upstairs carpet, and they ran several hoses from their van outside all the way up the ...
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Can I use a belt sander to strip a coffee table

I want to strip and refinish this coffee table. I don't have an orbital sander, the tools I have are belt sander, a vibrating sander or by hand. I intend to stain it this color
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What are the steps to refinish hardwood floors? [closed]

I'm looking to have some hardwood floors refinished. Its one large room and a tiny hallway under 250 sq ft so I could get all the sanding done in 1 rental day. What are the usual steps? Off the top of ...
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How to support hardwood floors with no existing subfloors to prevent squeaking in 100-year-old home

This is a follow up question to this old thread: Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor The house has hardwood floors installed directly on floor joists and the floors are ...
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Chipped floor planks keep snagging my socks

In my home office, there are parts of the floor that seem to be chipped off. Their pointy edges keep catching my socks when I walk by. How would you solve this problem? Ideally the solution would not ...
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How do I remove caulk from joints on a paneled door?

I salvaged an old 4-panel wooden interior door and painstakingly stripped off much of the paint with the goal of re-finishing it with oil. It looks as though a previous owner filled in all the joints ...
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How to fix discoloration on wood floor due to fragrance/scented oil spill

So one of those scented oil plugin came loose from an old outlet receptacle and the spilled oil messed up the floor finish. I didn't notice for a bit since it's behind a table (you can see the circle ...
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External Oak Door refurbishment

When we moved into our house 22 years ago we has a new oak front door made and fitted. I treated it with a few coats of Danish oil and haven't done anything to it since then. It is beginning to look a ...
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how smooth refinished hardwood floor is supposed to be?

How smooth should be the refinished (3 finish layers) hardwood floor surface? Is this normal?
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Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor

This is a 100-year-old, single family house in Washington, D.C. The floors are aged and worst of all terribly squeaky. The main issue we are trying to solve is to not have the floors squeak. Unless we ...
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How do I refinish a floor damaged by rolling desk chair?

I used a rolling desk chair without a protective mat for a long time. We started sanding the floor with 40 grit sandpaper, but the damaged area still rough and has very dark veins. We decided to sand ...
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What is tacky finish?

I see this mentioned all the time in guides but I don't know what this looks like. Google does not make this obvious. Can anyone please tell me what a tacky finish is or is supposed to look like? ...
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How to tell oak from walnut flooring

How do I identify what kind of hardwood flooring this is by the grain?
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Dried bits of polyurethane in recently refinished floor?

Over the past few days I refinished the hardwood floors in my living/dining rooms. I sanded the floors with a Home Depot random orbital sander rental at the beginning of the week before applying a ...
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How can I tell if this is a wood stain or a gloss coat so that I can match the finish

Part of stairs that weren't finished by the previous owner for unknown reasons. I want to finish to match, but not sure if I am supposed to use a wood stain, varnish, or if I can use a polyurethane ...
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Redo of hardwood floors didn’t remove all poly

I refinished my sunroom’s hardwood floors. It used to be an open porch. When I applied the poly, I noticed swirls and scratch marks and decided to redo them again. The floors are now even, polished ...
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Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nailer's fan operation during normal use

Will the fan on a Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nail gun spin (whir) when the nail gun's firing muzzle is pressed against the surface to be nailed, if there is no fuel cell installed? In other words, does ...
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New baseboard on old wood floors

We are getting our floors refinished and I would like to replace the baseboard + shoe moulding with baseboard only. The problem is the original wood floor installation used shoe, so right now, shoe is ...
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Do I or do I not remove baseboards when refinishing my hardwood floor

I need to have my wood floors refinished and have had several quotes. One person says they have the tools to get right up next to the baseboards and he does not need to remove them. He has 45 years of ...
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Which Polyurethane for Industrial Loft Floor

I am planning to sand and polyurethane a floor in an industrial loft, my question is what poly to use.. water or spirit based, and is there anything elae that makes a difference in choice of poly? ...
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Do I need to clean out/fill in cracks in wood floor?

We have a lot of gaps between boards in our wood floor (see pic, I'm holding a penny in the crack, some are wider, most are narrower). It looks like the cracks were originally filled with something, ...
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What is the cheapest/laziest way to touch up discolored hardwood?

I rent, so the amount of money and labor I am looking to invest in my floors is small. That said, there are a number of spots where the hardwood has a sort of "dead" look that I wouldn't ...
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How smooth should I expect final finish to be on an new hardwood floor install?

I had an existing hardwood floor in one part of the first floor connected to new wood in the rest of the first floor. The contractor has done a great job of splicing in so there is no gap. What I'm ...
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Open Riser Stairs / Removing carpeting and converting to hardwood [closed]

We have a staircase from the first floor to the second floor. The stairs are open riser, with the treads wrapped in carpet. The reach a landing and then transition to closed risers. Some treads are ...
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How to clean gunked up sandpaper?

How do I remove gunk buildup on sandpaper? After using acetone to remove some of the finish I am using sandpaper on the door. The sandpaper keeps getting black goo on it. But the sandpaper underneath ...
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Do solid hardwood floors have top laminate layers--or is this engineered?

I am looking to refinish or replace an existing wood floor. The previous owner says the floor is solid hardwood. A contractor came to look and said he thinks it is solid, too. However, we had a ...
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How can I reduce the sheen of Osmo Polyx hardwax oil?

I put on a first coat of Polyx on my fir floor. I am regretting the choice of Satin instead of Matte. I can see it is quite shiny already on the harder/denser parts of the boards and I imagine that ...
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Using scaffolding boards (new or used) for flooring or counter tops

I've got access to cheap scaffolding boards. Using those and a planer/thicknesser, are there any downsides to trying to use them in flooring or biscuit-jointed as worktops? I've installed normal ...
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How to refinish antique stained with walnut?

I have a table made around 1905 and its base was apparently stained with natural walnut, which was a common stain at the time. Most of the stain has been sanded off, but unfortunately there are few ...
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Can This Hardwood Floor Be Saved?

I'm considering putting an offer in on a house that is a fixer upper. I'd like to keep the original (1945) hardwood floors but am concerned about their condition. The floor has a large bare spot in ...
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How do I fix or finish a partially sanded wood floor

In my home office (it was a bedroom before and will be one in the future) I have a wooden floor (not laminate) and I have an office chair with plastic wheels on it. Over a number of years these ...
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What should I consider when determining whether to clear coat, oil/wax or paint an old fir floor?

I'm not sure how to make the decision about how to finish my 100 year old fir floor. The boards are 7/8" thick, but quite splintery. They have stains on them. Even after sanding 1-2mm of material ...
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Re-Staining Factory Finished Maple Hardwood Darker Tones

I'm pretty familiar with the cosmetic remodeling trades (plumbing, electricity, drywall, and tile) and reasonably handy. I'm closing on a 15 year old house, with 2,800 sq. ft. of orange / mahogany ...
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Can I match new to existing polyurethane floor finish?

I had painters tape pull up the finish on my flooring in a strip all around the room Can I sand down the wooded strip and put polyurethane back on the one in strip and it be the same?
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Can I recoat my floor's matte finish with a satin sheen product?

I had my floors refinished in a water based Matte sheen. They have no life. Can I add a coat of satin to at least give them a little shine?
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

Very closely related: How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane? However, I'm not asking for a how-to or which is the preferred tool/method but rather one specific tool and if it's an ...
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