So, it’s been a long day.
The carpet is now on the front porch, either laying in rolls or in bags. It looks like a scene of Hoarders gone not too bad. My plan to is to take it away Saturday morning if the weather decides to stop being bi-polar. Other than the weather, thing have been going smooth on our floor transformation.
First thing’s first, I’ve had to take the time to pull up the nails and staples that holds the carpet and the padding down. Jason was kind enough to go buy me a Stanley nail puller with a scraper on the other end. The nails and staples came up with ease with that thing. Made my job a lot easier.
So, next step was the sanding part. I was thinking about using a belt sander and take the next few days to get the project completed so it would look good. Well, Lowe’s rents random orbital sanders. After watching their video on finishing hardwood floors, I decided maybe I’d use one of their sanders and get it done a wee bit quicker. I get to Lowe’s and ask the chick at the service desk if they had any. Sure they do. She looks at me and says “go down aisle 5 and get it.” M’kay.
Get down aisle 5, and immediately felt let down by Lowe’s. Now, let me first say that I am a Lowe’s enthusiast. I have always shopped there. A friend of mine’s husband was even a manager of Home Depot and I didn’t want to shop there because I felt I was betraying Lowe’s. Jason and I even have date nights at Lowe’s. So after watching the Lowe’s video and having my mind set on the one in their video, I felt Lowe’s betrayed me. The one they have there for rental looks like a model from the 1970’s!
Seriously….Take a gander if you will…
The site above is the video with the sander I had my heart on. Nope. Not today.
Got the elderly sander and the sanding pads. 36 grit, 50 grit, and the 80 grit that works with the machine.
It was fun working with the sander…but it seemed to take longer than it should have. Next time, I will rent a machine from another store. I still have two bedrooms to finish at another time and this sander is not worth the time. Plus, it is heavier than a pick-up truck.
I began with the course 36 grit sanding pads. The machine takes 3 pads on the bottom. There is velcro on the bottom that holds the 3 pads in their place. I made 2 and sometimes 3 passes on the uneven spots on the floor. I used quite a few of these pads. I’m not sure if it is because the sander sucks or if it was the crap they used on the floors all those years ago. Thee floors looked really nice but they needed to be sanded and sealed again.
After sanding with the 36 grit, I switched to the 50 grit and made a couple of passes. It was looking really good and I was excited to see that the floors were looking so pretty after being sanded. Last, I made a couple of passes with the 80 grit. I wanted to get the floor sander back to Lowe’s and I figured I would sand more with the 80 grit and the Mouse Sander. Jason said he didn’t think the floors would look as good as they did with just a sanding. I guess I did something right! I got the machine back around 7:30 p.m
The edges were still left to do and I figured I would use my trusty Mouse sander. I use it for everything. After using it for a few minutes, I decided to purchase another DeWALT tool to add to my collection. The 3 amp. random orbital sander.
This is my new favorite sander. It was 79.00 and it was worth every penny. It handled well and sanded the corners of the room with the utmost of ease. It has a little attached dust collect bag on it. It fits my hand nicely. I was impressed. And yes, I did go to Lowe’s to purchase it even though I am still disheartened by the whole floor sander thing. I’m still debating about writing Lowe’s main headquarters and letting them know that if they are going to have nice sanders on their website, they should have them in the store. I just felt like it was false advertisement or something (haha).
So, today, I finished the bedroom. Tomorrow, I have to finish our little 14 foot long hallway and begin on the front room.
More to come later!