DIY Floor Sanding – The Most Common Problems Faced
Stated here are only a few common imperfections the home handyman will encounter.
Everyone wants to save some money therefore homeowners may choose the do it yourself route when it is time to sand their floors rather that hire professionals. Those who opt to do floor sanding should prepare well so as to avoid these common problems faced by handymen.
Inability to choose the right sander
Handymen look at cost and therefore hire cheaper sanders. However their failure to acquire top of range machines results to a cloud of dust everywhere. Superior quality sanding machines may be expensive to hire or buy but they have a dust collection unit making sanding a dust free task.
Sanding is not a daily affair hence non-professionals take long to gain skills on how to operate sanding machines smoothly. Sanders should be moved fluidly and calmly in direction of wood grain but handy men find it hard to operate them smoothly resulting sanding imperfections.
The common sanding imperfections caused made by unskilled operators are:
Leaving the machine stationery-dragging?
Most unskilled operators unknowingly leave the machine stationery when engaging the floor creating sanding imperfection called ‘stop marks’. They occur within seconds when the sander operator lets it to stay on one spot or does not lift when in motion. Damage to floor depends on depths of stop mark. Some can extreme when sanders let the machine to linger at one spot for long especially when concentrating on an isolated uneven spot of a floor.
Amateurs also sanding imperfections commonly referred to as ‘chatter marks’.
These marks are caused by machine vibrations and noticeable in reflected light as fine corrugation on the entire floor. Most of the time ‘chatter marks’ are caused by quality of sanding machines for hire. Industrial sanders used by professionals balanced for optimum performance are rarely available to hire. Chatter marks can be minimized or eradicated by rotary sanding a floor with a 100-grit and finally a 150 grit paper during final sand.
Non professionals may not know that some floors such as those made of pine or parquet need special attention and sanders therefore can cause dip on floor boards by sanding them the same way as others. Ends