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How To Laying Wooden Floors

How To Laying Wooden Floors

Wood demonstrates great versatility when used for flooring.

Wood makes an excellent subfloor on which to lay other floor coverings, and it can be laid in a number of different ways to produce an attractive finish in its own right.

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Renovating Old Floors

Laying a new wooden floor can sometimes be avoided by renovating an existing one and giving it a decorative finish. There are obvious financial advantages to this approach the raw material is already there, and a relatively simple process is all that is required to finish it.

Making Decisions

Considering the amount of use: If a floor needs a lot of repair or board replacement decide whether or not the renovation is worthwhile. This will depend on how much you use the room.

Covering a floor: If you are covering a floor with rugs so that only a small part is visible, the wooden surface will not be a prominent feature and need not be highly finished.

Assessing the job: When planning floor renovation, assess the work required to finish it. A rustic, distressed look will take far less work than a highly polished finish.

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Using Stripper

Considering floor size: Use chemical stripper on a small floor or when only a small proportion of a floor requires stripping. Chemical stripper is not economical when it is used for large areas.

Masking: Use at least 2-in (5-cm) masking tape along the lower edge of baseboard to prevent stripping solution from reaching its painted surface.

Putting on and taking off: Dab on stripper with an old paintbrush in 3-sq-ft (0.25-m2) areas. Once it reacts, scrape away paint or varnish with a broad-bladed scraper. Use a wire brush on uneven floors.

Sanding Efficiently

Protecting yourself: Always wear goggles and a mask to protect you from flying particles and dust inhalation.

Removing protrusions: Use a hammer and nail punch to drive in protruding nails; otherwise, the sandpaper will tear, and there is a risk that you will damage the sander.

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Dealing with edges: Most industrial sanders will not reach right to the edge of a floor, so use a hand-held electric sander to finish.

Reaching corners: Wrap some sandpaper around the end of a screwdriver to get right into corners. This will create a neat, squared finish.

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