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Old 09-09-2013, 04:24 PM   #16
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The existing nails will have to be re-set to get them down into the wood so you dont continually rip belts off your belt sander. I would rent a hardwood floor drum sander if you do want to sand it. A 3 inch belt sander will take forever and a day.

Have you considered using one of those deck renew products? You need something that will fill all the cracks.

hardwood floor drum sander is only good if wood panels are properly aligned and flat.

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Yup, you're right. Hardwood floor sanders are beasts to handle and certainly not meant for outside work. Forget that advice.

Look, I've done a twenty-odd outside decks using a Random Orbital Sander that I rented at Home Depot. It has a pad about 18" long by 12" wide and it can be pushed with one hand. It's a bit heavy but once you get it up on that surface it'll be fine...It 's the only way to sand large surfaces. Look it up - or ask the rental desk.

You'll have to buy pads and sand paper. Good luck!

But don't expect you can sit back for the next ten years and just look at it; that solid stain will start flakiing off in under 3 years. They all do.
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hardwood floor drum sander is only good if wood panels are properly aligned and flat.
And even then, they won't be flat for long! Real hardwood pros use the big belt sanders - they have a big flat surface that drum sanders don't have, by definition.
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hardwood floor drum sander is only good if wood panels are properly aligned and flat.

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I thought that was the whole idea, get them aligned and flat. Dont you think a drum will accomplish that? And just because it isn't done often, doesn't mean it wont work. I think they have a new type of floor sander that has a bunch of random orbit heads on it too, maybe that would work. It would just be good to get something you could use standing up, and a drum seemed like a good choice, as anything that rotates will catch on the random edge splitting you see on old wood decks, especially those without the longitudinal edges chamfered in the mill. Drum sanders are beasts though, Ill grant you that. If you want a really good belt sander, I would buy a Porter Cable 4 x 24. I have had one for about 40 years. These suckers dim the lights when you turn them on. Pull about 11 amps, so use a No. 12 cord if you buy one.
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Well of course no sander can get floor boards aligned. That can only be done by the installer.

As for getting them flat, a belt sander is always easiest because the sander itself provides a flat surface. A drum sander does not provide a flat surface, so it's more difficult unless you really use it skillfully.

I've heard the big multi-orbitals are better for amateurs to use, since they certainly will sand flat. But they don't rotate directly in the direction of the grain like the belt sanders, and although I've heard they're much improved, I don't think they can apply nearly the pressure to the floor like the big quality belt machines for example by Hummel, Clarke or Galaxy. But then these "serious" machines sometimes require 240 volts and upwards of 20 amps! So the rentals are typically the smaller drum machines, which unfortunately are exactly the machines that are the hardest to get a flat floor with.
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Here's what I was talking about; rentable at $37 for 4 hours
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