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Hi All,

I am currently having my hardwood floors done professionally by a flooring guy, and on top of doing the L/R, HW, and 3 bedrooms, he wants to charge me an extra $450.00 to do the wood stairs.

I am thinking I could probably do this myself my renting a sander from HD, and sanding, staining and putting down poly.

Is this a feasible option for a DIY'er? Please advise asap, since I have to give him an answer by tomorrow.

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Hi All,

I am currently having my hardwood floors done professionally by a flooring guy, and on top of doing the L/R, HW, and 3 bedrooms, he wants to charge me an extra $450.00 to do the wood stairs.

I am thinking I could probably do this myself my renting a sander from HD, and sanding, staining and putting down poly.

Is this a feasible option for a DIY'er? Please advise asap, since I have to give him an answer by tomorrow.

Thanks,
TTD

Feasible for a DIYer, yes, but I wouldn't think twice about paying 450 to get it done. Sanding stairs is a lot of work as they are all edges and inside corners. Plus you would have to pay for rentals, sandpaper, poly--it adds up to more than you think. If you can afford to hire someone to do 3 bedrooms and the livingroom, then I would say pay a little more and get the stairs done too. IMO.
 

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I agree with Marson.. I would pay $450 to avoid doing it myself. Floor finish is hard, harder to sand off than you think. One screw up with the sander and you live with a FU until you move out.
 
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Refinishing the stairs is more work than you think. Applying the stain and poly is the easy part but it can be a job to get the treads/risers to that point. Besides sanding you also need a scraper to get into the corners.
 
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