I have a contractor working for me refinishing a wood floor. It has been sanded and was about to be tinted when an incident occurred overnight. Someone came in and spilled liquid (water or beer, I can't determine which) on the floor. That was 4 days ago. Pictures of the affected area of the floor are attached.
The contractor says that in order to continue work on it within four days from now, commercial fans, dehumidification, and tenting will be needed to get all the moisture out of the wood (this, according to him, is required before the wood is finished). Right now he says the boards have a 60% moisture content. He recommends I spend $600 for the drying equipment. I don't want to spend $600. He also wants $750 more to re-prepare the four-foot by eight-foot area for finishing. That cost seems out of line to me.
My questions are these: How can I know when the wood is dry enough to proceed? How would the refinished floor look if we proceeded with the re-sanding today? How does the contractor know the moisture content in the wood?
IMO, he's trying to put the screws to you. Go to the local rental store & rent a carpet dryer or 2 & let them blow over the floor for a day or 2. Dry wood will return to a dry state in short order.
$750 to reprep that area? I know he's trying to put the screws to you. Fire his ass & call someone else, or take over the project yourself. I'll be glad to walk you through the rest of the process if you decide to go that route.