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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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Stain yellowish square parquet floor to modern grey

I tried to do a DIY re-stain to my parquet floor this week, and rent a buff sanding machine to do the job. Here's the picture after sanding. (From the grain, I could not tell if it is pin or oak...) ...
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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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Is it normal for a professional hardwood refinishing to not have removed black stains? (pet/iron oxide)

I recently had the hardwoods in my new (old) house professionally refinished. Besides the decades-old finish having been worn down completely, there were also black iron oxide stains throughout. After ...
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What species of wood floor do I have?

We are refinishing our wood floor and want to make sure that we make the right choices. Initially, multiple people suggested that it's pine wood but now after sanding our flooring guy thinks it's ...
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Can engineered hardwood floors be refinished? [duplicate]

I want to replace the floors in the lower floor of my home. I'm estimating about $8000 worth of work, installed. My wife has been looking into engineered floors. I have never been a huge fan of ...
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How to cut a door wrapped in sheet metal

In my kitchen I have a dumb waiter; the door is 1" thick solid wood wrapped in 1/16" sheet metal. I removed the old door knob (that's the hole in the photo) to make room for a flush pull. I need to ...
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A minimal regimen to remove the last bits of oil paint after applying stripper?

What is the best way to remove the last bits of softened paint in the panel crevices after applying paint stripper, shown above at right? I'm stripping 100+ years of paint (including lead paint) from ...
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Why do I get brush marks with oil-based polyurethane?

I’m trying to refinish the above table but having problems with streaking polyurethane. Using Minwax Fast Drying. The process has been as follows; sand, stain and applied poly using a Purdy brush for ...
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Staining a 130 year old pine floor

So.. we decided to rip up carpet and plywood to find original planks (pine) in one of the third floor rooms in our 1880 home. Fast forward to save you on reading.. I applied a penetrating oil based ...
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How can I protect a hardwood floor against dog claws?

I just bought a house with new hardwood floors. One of my dogs is a little wild and keeps sliding and scratching the floors up. I've tried cutting her nails and she won't wear boots. Does anybody ...
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Panted & Varnished but rough to the touch

I have a rocking chair a Gentleman refinished for me. He stripped it, sanded it down then painted it and put a varnish on it. It looks really good but extremely rough to the touch. Without messing ...
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Spot repair hardwood floor due to Goo Gone

I just had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and finished with 3 coats of Bona Mega Water Base Satin Finish. Because we’re in the process of moving in and doing other renovations, it was just ...
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Reapplying spar varnish/urethane to exterior door

I have a 'knotty alder' front door that was refinished by a contractor last August. However, because the lower panel of the door has already deteriorated due to sun exposure, I decided to sand the ...
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Difficulty in driving a nail through with a nail setter

I've been pulling the carpet up and getting the nails out from where the carpet tack strips were nailed to original wood flooring, but about a half dozen are now headless. I watched several tutorials ...
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Mineral spirits not drying out of hardwood floor before finishing

I just finished sanding and cleaning up the floors in my living room and dining room and the last step I did was to clean the whole floor with mineral spirits before applying the polyurethane. I ...
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Found hardwood floors underneath carpet, but also maybe some MDF mixed in? Can I replace it? Picture inside

So I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See It's ...
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Oscillating or Drum Floor Sander

I'm refinishing the floors in a 4 bedroom house, built circa 2003. The house is roughly 1800 sqft total. The 4 bedrooms have pine floors, while the living room and the hallway are some sort of ...
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Which sander and sandpaper should I use on floor after using wood filler?

I've sanded my 100-year-old floor with a drum sander, and troweled wood filler over the entire surface. Now I'm ready to sand again before staining. How aggressive of a sander (drum, random orbital) ...
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What to do when a toe-kick saw doesn't fit underneath cabinets?

I have hardwoods in my kitchen that I want to refinish. The only problem is that there is a plywood layer with laminate tile on top of the wood. The plywood goes all the way to the wall, but we don't ...
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Repair espresso stained oak furniture

One of those kids glow in the dark bracelets leaked overnight onto our nightstand and it dissolved the finish. I sanded it down to what I thought was bare wood, but the new stain is not taking very ...
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How to resurface a patch of hardwood floor? Reapplying stain and poly

Resurfacing Background So about a year ago, I resurfaced my entire upstairs by myself. In the process of doing so, I water popped the floors, went with an oil based stain, and a water based poly. I ...
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Hardwood floor refinishing with polyurethane. Do I need to use any sort of base coat? What are the advantages?

So we are refinishing an old oak hardwood floor, we have sanded it and are cleaning it currently before we apply a satin water-based polyurethane (with no stain). Probably from varathane or minwax. ...
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How do I dry out a damp patch in my subfloor?

I bought my house over a year ago and had the hardwood oak floors refinished. One of the bedrooms had water damage from a leaking roof (previous owners fixed this before I purchased the house) so they ...
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