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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2005, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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resurfacing hardwood floors

okay,

So I close on my new house tomorrow and want somebody to come in and do my floors before I actually move in. My question is, how much should I expect to pay? and does anybody know somebody that will do a good job, without charging an arm and a leg, the house is empty, and I have a living room, dining room, 4 bedrooms, 1 hallway, and a hallway to do. Yes, the entire house is hardwood. The bedrooms are small, and I am on a budget. the floors are already hardwood, except for the stairs which are painted and have a runner (which I will be removing right away)

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2005, 10:05 AM
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This is pretty expensive to contract out. I have always done it myself by renting a commercial quality floor sander, and the different grit pads needed to resurface it. If you do it yourself make sure you wear high quality protective breathing gear and eye gear. The particulate from the old finish is nasty!

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Its very EASY to do it yourself! Rent a sander and be sure to keep it moving. DO NOT leave it in the same place sanding for too long obviously. Then either stain it and seal it or however you want to finish it.

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We did this at the house a couple of times. One hint: If you put down polyurethane, put down several coats. We did only one coat, I think--foolishly believing what the label said would work--and the floors got all nasty again about a year later. Redid one floor with about three coats, and it's been clean and shiny for almost 5 years now.

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Ditto on the DIY route, it's not a difficult job, but it is time consuming. I did my living room and two bedrooms and it took me a weekend, average brick ranch home. I don't know if you have kids and/or pets but I had toddlers at the time and packed them off to a family member's house for the weekend.

I had some work done on rental property when I didn't have the time and worked with a guy who was good and struck me as reasonable. PM me if you'd like contact info and I'll try to dig it out.

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There are some newer versions of the floor sander which eliminates any marks. You just need to find a rental store with the better floor sander. And they may have a port to hook up a shop vac to suck up the dust.

And dont use Minwax, because rick will bitch at you. Eventhough, thats what i use
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I don't have the time to do it right now, and the house is emptry right now, I understand that it's probably a very easy job to do myself, but right now, I really just need to have it done.

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okay,

so I had somebody come in and give me a quote, the guy came recommended, and the price wasn't bad. I have about 1100 square feet of hard wood floors, and a stair case. The cost to do it all is going to be $1200. He starts next week

He is charging me .90 a square foot for the floors and $300 for the stair case, he then rounded it off to $1200 for the entire job. Sand the floors, repair one section by the bathroom, and put down three coats of sealer/stain.

If anybody wants his info, drop me a PM after he is finished

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