Drum sander gouged my floor

Old 08-03-13, 11:49 PM
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Angry Drum sander gouged my floor

So I finally got around to refinishing my hardwood floors. I went out today and rented a drum sander (Hiretech HT8-1) and edger. I installed the sandpaper over the drum as instructed by the owners manual that I had to find online (thanks for the rental company not including one!) and began the work. I had been working for about 10 minutes and everything was going fine until all of a sudden I looked down and noticed that the drum had gouged a deep 1.5 foot line into my floor.

I immediately stopped, tipped the dang thing over and saw that one of the screws on the clamp bar was the culprit. The screw had wood all over it so I figured it was what ruined my floor. I looked at the screw and noticed that part of the screw head was no longer flush with the clamp bar.

So now I am in a predicament.
1st, can the gouge be filled with wood paste and then sanded down, stained, and finished?
2nd, should I just try and replace the screw and keep using this sander? I'm worried that it will just ruin more of my floor. Or should I return it to the rental company and demand a new one?
3rd, is this negligence on the rental companies fault...or is it my own fault?

Thanks for all your help
Old 08-04-13, 03:18 AM
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Not being able to see the gouge it would be a judgment call whether or not it could be filled and resanded. I would definitely return the drum sander and obtain a sheet type sander that oscillates rather than rotates. It won't gouge and you can almost get right up to the edge with it when sanding. I would try to negotiate with the rental company. Take pictures with you. Don't replace or adjust the screw. Don't even clean it off.
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I agree - take it back to the rental company! While drum sanders are the most efficient - they can make the job go south in a hurry. It's hard to say whether a pro would have noticed the damage sooner or not.

What color stain do you intend to use? Normally light colored stains respond to filler better than darker ones but it really needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis. How wide/deep is the gouge? Would it show up in a pic? http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html Worse case scenario is you'd replace the affected boards.

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