Need some advice on refinishing a hardwood floor

Old 03-24-12, 11:35 PM
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Need some advice on refinishing a hardwood floor

Hello all,
I recently (today) purchased a 1920's home that needs work. The first job is going to be refinishing the hardwood floors, probably about 2000 square feet worth. I've looked into using both a drum sander or a random orbital sander, and need some advice on which one to choose. From other threads I know the drum sander works much quicker and helps tear through varnish/wax buildup, but as far as I can tell, any of that wore off long ago. I seem to be at wood already. The floor is not cupping in any areas, though there is water damage in one place. Could I just do two passes with an orbital sander, say with 80 grit and 100 grit and be done, or do I still need to use three ascending grit papers and use the drum?
I really appreciate the help,
Old 03-25-12, 04:45 AM
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Welcome to the forums Chris!

A drum sander does a better/quicker job But can be a little difficult to master and can also cause damage. IMO you'd probably better off with the buffer/sander [orbital] You also need an edger to better sand along the edges and where the buffer won't fit.

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