We hired a "drum sander" and an "edge sander" from the hire shop on the Friday afternoon thinking we would sand the kitchen floor of the Reno Cottage. However Mr CH came home and said the hire shop don't hire for halfdays anymore. So he hired the sanders for Saturday and you get Sunday free. I guess in some areas you can't make noises on Sundays. As our neighbourhood is full of DIY'ers (code for :can't afford builders) and there is often something noisy happening, we sanded for a few hours on the Sunday. One neighbour popped in to see how it was going and said he'd like to go halves with us next time to cut costs if we liked, as he wanted to sand a room.
I don't know what we were doing here, as we did wear masks and those little squishy earplugs as the drum sander is quite loud. The kitchen floor was in pretty bad condition with some residue from the tiles and some water damage, so we knew it would need a heavy-duty sand. This is our second time using a drum sander and it does get easier with each go. You just have to start with coarse grit on the first pass (which is the slowest,most time consuming pass) and finish with fine grit sandpaper. We like to finish with the orbital sander and then give the floor a light mopping to make sure no "ripples" are missed.
We didn't punch any nails in, to start with, preferring to sand down the rusty tops to be punched in later.
The floorboards are mixed hardwood throughout, and once the grime has been sanded off the colours start to show.
Sanding already flat floorboards was easier than when Mr CH sanded tongue and groove floorboards (which he installed himself)for our own house extention. There he had to sand them to the same level as some boards were planed slightly thicker.
Mr CH using the edge sander near the bathroom door.
The edge sander has a spinning disk unlike the orbital sander that just vibrates, and I found I had to hold on tight or it would pull away. Can't say I liked using it, it was a bit scary. Sanded well though.
We (Mr CH) sanded the kitchen, dining and sanded the edges on Saturday. Then we finished sanding the 2nd bedroom and edges on the Sunday and were finished by lunchtime, giving us plenty of time to de-dust the machines and load them in the car for me to drop them back Monday morning.
In the dining room you may notice dark stains on the floor. We are not quite sure if these are from termite spray under the boards or (more likely) from mopping water seeping through joins in old lino flooring.
The sander removed some but not all the stains so it will be interesting to see how the floor turns out after polishing.
Corner of dining room.
We think sanding the floor has also helped eliminate alot of the smell especially in the kitchen. Now you don't gag everytime you walk in.
Hire of sanders - $175.
Saving - hundreds of $
Man caught using a broom - so worth it!