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Old 11-22-2010, 07:27 PM   #16
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You want the floor to look authentic not showroom fresh. The imperfections are actually what many folks want who restore the old homes as that is the way things were back when there were no machines to refinish.

One reason your sander may have been jumping is you are using too fine a sanding disk. The pine has pitch in it and will load a disk which is a fine grit really quickly, you will need to do the cutting with a courser grit disk and do the finish with the fine disk. You will still go through several fine disk on the final sand but no where as many as if you are trying to do all the sanding with just the fine disks.

If the gaps bother you, you can fill them and sand them out on your final sanding. I would stay away from the drum sander as that thing will mess up way more than can be straightened up, especially when the paper loads up.

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:28 PM   #17
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Keep sanding! It looks beautiful and just stunning! Those floor look really nice. Just stain it with a really good stainer and finish them up
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:31 AM   #18
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Rent or hire and use a drum sander with 3 different grits of paper. Use the orbital around the edge. You'll get swirl marks from the orbital that will show up in the finish if your not careful.

Best bet is do a search on the proper way and you'll understand the process. Lots of pro's out there that can explain exactly how to make that floor look fantastic.

It's worth the time and effort.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:44 PM   #19
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Thanks guys. I have a little bit of time to decide about the floors. I think I may try renting an orbital again but using a coarser grit. To be continued....

Today I decided to start patching the living room --- the same one with the pine flooring. The previous night I removed loose plaster. There were several areas that showed previous water damage. I've been monitoring it and it hasn't gotten worst. The roof appears fine.

It also looks like the PO's used some joint compound in areas before moving out. It didn't bond too well to the plaster. I've also had new windows put in (replacements) and the areas around the windows need patching.

Two interesting notes: 1) I think there is actually insulation in this room (it's an addition) based on what I saw in one of the holes. And 2) I think this room was once painted pink (maybe). I see it in areas where paint has chipped. Not to mention another pink bedroom, the master bath also has pink tile

This was my first time plastering and I used Durabond 90 and blue web tape. On the large patches, I dampened the edges with a 50/50 mix of Elmer's glue and water.







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*pink room... pink room....* *shudder*

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*pink room... pink room....* *shudder*

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Pink bedroom, pink'ish wallpaper, pink shower tiles....it's obvious who wore the pants in this house.
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Wow... that does look like a lot of work... doing layer by layer of scraping :D Hope your Ipod has a ton of hours of music But anyway I am almost positive that place is going to look awesome when you are done with it. You know when I look on a lot of these projects of houses being built and remodeled makes me admire that there are still some people out there that are highly skilled at carpentry. I mean anyone can hire a bunch of people to do the work for them but when people on here like you that take the time and do it the way you want to on your own ... you really appreciate the amount of work that goes into these kind of projects...
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Well it's looking like one of those typical Tuesdays --- with all the plaster and lathe removed, I found out this morning that the metal roof leaks in several spots......no idea where though. At this point, drywall will have to wait until Spring when I can coat or redo the roof. I'm pretty close to calling it quits......selling it right now would be tough, so I'm starting to look at what it would take to finish it up and rent the thing out.

Side question: the wiring in the mud room is copper 2-wire (black/red) with no ground in metal flex conduit. It comes off a sub-panel (with breakers) and goes to several rooms and outlets. I don't have access to all of the wiring. I'm wondering whether this a no-no: replace the wiring that I can get to with 14/2 and instead of running the bare ground back to the sub panel, to run it instead to main service panel instead.

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An idea. That's a beautiful floor. If you have access to a planer tear it apart and run each piece through it, then reconstruct.

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