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Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor

The squeaking comes from vibrations created when the floorboards and joists rub against each other when weight pushes down on them. There's a chance that replacing the floor with a new one "in-...
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How to repair separated rails and stiles on solid wood doors

I have had some similar projects. On occasion, I have been able to force glue into a joint with a glue syringe and clamp the joints together. The key to this method is cleaning out the joint with a ...
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Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor

I will repeat some answers that you already have but, it is all part of my answers that will have different nuances. To give my summary on the idea of floor replacement, and using the second picture ...
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Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?

The answer depends on what you are willing to accept for a finished result. Removing the quarter-round allows the edger to reach underneath what is visible when the quarter-round is re-installed. ...
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Replacing hardwood floor in 100 year old house with no subfloor

Considering the work and expense involved in replacement, I'd be looking hard at trying anything possible for squeak remediation. What comes to mind is injecting epoxy (or perhaps something else?) to ...
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How to repair separated rails and stiles on solid wood doors

Is the joint still solid? That is, if you grab the two pieces on either side and shake them, is there any movement? If it's solid, then it means that the gap is just a result of shrinkage, and it's ...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

I had two floors to do once and between coats I used a broom with 3 bits of fine sanding paper taped to the broom head - cheap, cheerful and effective... Also, had to punch down the floor brads (...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

You could use a hand-held orbital- like you mentioned the biggest downside is time. But you're correct, sanding between coats of poly isn't stripping an old floor- it's just scuffing up the previous ...
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How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane?

Depends on the quality of the existing finish... if it's as flat as you want it to be, then I'd kiss it with 150 on a pole sander. Link for illustration purposes only: there are many out there... ...
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Can wood floors be refinished half a room at a time?

No. You really can't. There are several reasons why: Dust. Sanding dust will get everywhere. Ideally you want to move everything into one room, that will hopefully not be refinished, seal off ...
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Should I refinish hardwood floor with scratches?

If the scratches are all in the finish rather than gouging the wood, then (depending on what finish is already there) a "screen and re-coat" pass might be another option. That approach just roughs and ...
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How to cover old stair risers?

If those refinished stair treads are a common type type of hardwood such as oak, maple or beech you can get 1/4 inch thick plywood with an hardwood veneer on one or both sides. Looks like one sheet of ...
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Cons of Not Refinishing Worn Wood Floor?

It really depends on how tough you will be on the floors. Big difference between a man living alone vs. a family of 8 with two dogs. Note that the areas that are worn are probably the high traffic ...
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can this antique douglas fir floor be saved?

It is totally feasible to do this. Just a lot of hard work. We redid a laundry room that had a worn painted outdoor porch floor (the house is from 1869 and has been organically growing for 150 years)....
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How to clean wood dust without permanently clogging a wet/dry vacuum's paper filter?

Having run into the exact same problem, I might be able to make a recommendation to assist you. There are many variations on this theme, but they are all based on the "cyclone" principle. Spinning ...
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Staining a 130 year old pine floor

There is a good possibility that the pine boards in a 130 year old house are very dense wood. Old growth timber from that time was quite different from what we experience as "pine" today. As such that ...
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Can This Hardwood Floor Be Saved?

I sanded a similar wood floor, a bit older though. I used a drum sander 8 or 10” in diameter and 14 or 16” long roughly. I sanded diagonal to the grain with coarse then finer grades of paper. It took ...
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What is tacky finish?

At least two very different meanings. One has nothing to do with how it looks - it's "tacky" meaning slightly sticky. For a finish, that's not fully cured/hardened. The other is tacky ...
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Worth it to just clear coat a marginally beat-up wood floor?

I am a firm believer in doing it right the first time. The most expensive part of this type of job is the urethane. Good quality oil based urethane can go $50 to $90 per gallon. you really need at ...
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Polyurethane on hardwood floor dilemma

You have a few options: Don't put any more Brand B on. Go get more Brand A and finish the rest of the floor. After it has all cured, place a 5' x 7' area rug over the Brand B area. Continue with ...
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How best to remove fumes after applying polyurethane in a hardwood refinishing project?

Turn up the heat while opening windows across the house. Put in fans in windows/doors blowing in the house on one or two sides. Just don't put fans blowing in all windows so air has an easier chance ...
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Is a NIOSH mask advised when sanding a fully dried hardwood floor?

NIOSH (National Institute Of Safety and Health) does not manufacture respirators or dust masks, they conduct research and make recommendations for prevention of worker injury/illness. If their name is ...
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What is the best sander to use on oak stair treads?

A random-orbit sander has proven to be one of the most versatile tools I've used, having put hundreds of hours on them for projects of many types. Obviously they have limitations, but with a range of ...
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Hardwood floor help

If you would like the floors to look nice pull the base boards and the tack strip. Rent a large belt sander from the local equipment rental store. Your floor doesn't look to be in two bad of shape and ...
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Hardwood floor refinishing with polyurethane. Do I need to use any sort of base coat? What are the advantages?

I would always suggest you avoid sanding sealers unless you have a specific reason to use one. Sanding sealers place a clear base coat between the wood and finish. But because the sealer is formulated ...
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What should I consider when determining whether to clear coat, oil/wax or paint an old fir floor?

That’s called character. I’d use a pre-stain (test it and the stain color in a back corner of a closet). I’d set and putty all exposed nails, you don’t have to be perfect. You’ll enjoy it for years. ...
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How do I fix or finish a partially sanded wood floor

A "wipe on" polyurethane might get you most of the way there, depending upon how perfect you want to get it. Lightly sand the damaged area to make sure there are no sharp edges or rough ...
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Can This Hardwood Floor Be Saved?

Solid hardwood floors can be refinished several times. However, we don't know enough about your floor to answer properly. Some factors: How many times it's been done before. Eventually you start ...
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how smooth refinished hardwood floor is supposed to be?

The floor looks good and the finish is not fully filling the wood grain. This wood has a pretty deep grain - oak I assume. This is more eo be expected from a water borne floor finish. Waterborne ...
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