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Old 07-29-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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I have been wondering what lies beneath this dingy gray carpet of my pier/beam house. While getting ready to had a closest in our bedroom I cut out the carpet (figuring it the wood was no good I could just throw the carpet back in the new closet)

Well I found pretty solid wood flooring. Its covered in wall texture from previous owner being careless while sheet rocking.

I sanded a patch and it looks great.
My next project will be to slowly remove existing carpet to reveal this natural beauty underneath.

Any tips on sanding and finishing this old wood?

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Cleaned it up some.
Wondering how I should go about doing the rest of the house. Probably one room at a time as we are living here

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Stop, do not do any more sanding until the floor has been completly cleaned.
Your grinding all the gypsom into the wood grains and vibrating dust into the gaps.
Concider having a real hardwood floor refinining company come in and do this job for you.
You think your going to be saving money, but by the time you rent the equipment, buy the sand paper and materials needed, work though the learning curve on how to run the tools needed it would come out almost to have hired it out.
And it will in most cases come out better and faster.
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We pulled up some awful shag carpeting in our last house and refinished the pine underneath. When we did we found boards that did not match. Apparently a wall had been removed and we had to do some creative staining to get those boards to blend in.
Often wood is covered for a reason. You may find patches, plywood, or who-knows-what underneath.
Don't assume everything under the carpet is the same wood.

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Thanks for the tips...

Glad I didn't go crazy sanding, I didn't even think of where the dust was going..

I also had the thought "it was covered for a reason "..
I know the bathroom and hallway out side of it aren't going to be original wood. The bathroom already has ceramic tile and the hallway needs replacement.

The bedroom where I pulled the carpet back along with the 3 other rooms have sturdy flooring. I am debating on pulling the rest of it back in the bedroom for inspection.

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Well worth checking to see that's there----

I worked in an old house that had only hardwood as a border 2 feet wide---must have had carpet covering the center 100 years ago---
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If you want to try the job yourself you will need to rent a drum sander, edge sander, and a buffer. The sanding process you will want to use is as follows; drum sand the majority of the floor going with the grain of the wood with a 24 grit sand paper, then edge sand with 24 grit, then drum with 36, edge with 36, drum with 50, edge with 50, drum with 80, edge with 100, buff the floor with a 100 grit sand paper, buff again with a 120 sanding scree, vacuum, dust mop, apply floor finish, lightly buff with 220 after finish has dried, apply another coat and repeat the buffing and coating for a total of 3-4 coats. Hope this helps.

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