Old Hardwood floor...Need Planing?


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Old 04-15-10, 04:35 PM
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Old Hardwood floor...Need Planing?

Hi, I have a hardwood floor that used to be a verandah...I was thinking about sanding and sealing it but my Dad reckons that for old boards like that you have to plane about 1/8 of an inch off the surface in order to get it back to a super-smooth finish.

I've looked at it in several places (just lifting up the carpet) and it seems fairly smooth already. I'd say 75% of the area you could rub your hand over it without worrying about splinters, the rest is a little rough around the seams and edges.

This is meant to be a quick DIY job, and it's not a feature room or anything, my parents were just using it as storage before I said I wanted to move in there. I was hoping I could sand it, vacuum it, use some filler to fill any remaining rough bits and then seal it. What do you think?

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Sam
 
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Old 04-16-10, 03:39 AM
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Planing is almost too drastic. I believe you can achieve satisfactory results using a belt type flooring sander, then applying a finish.
 
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I agree that a drum sander does the best job of sanding the floor down but they can be tricky for a diyer to use. A floor buffer [with sanding pad/screen] is a lot more forgiving although you won't be able to sand as deep as you can with a drum sander.
 
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Old 04-16-10, 04:14 PM
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If the floorboards aren't rippled, otherwise warped or discolored and only need sanding, you could even use a palm sander. Just do some research on finishing floors before you seal.

With the kind of grit that is available even with rental buffer type sanders, (gravel driveway on a plate) it wouldn't matter if a solid wood floor was warped. You could still fix it without taking it up. It would have to be pretty extreme to warrant planing.
 
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Old 04-16-10, 09:16 PM
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Great thanks guys...I might start with one of those little hand sanders and do a bit near one edge and see how it comes up. If it looks OK then I'll pad my knees and get to work on the rest of it.

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