Today's project in question is the living-room floor. We hired one of those giant floor sanders from HSS last December to sand it down and get it varnished.
But we never finished it, something else always
distracts us comes up. We poured a concrete hearth, and tiled it, we brought in countless materials, clattered through the living-room with muddy boots. The poor floor was in a terrible state.
Everything goes through our livingroom, it is the only way into or through the house.
So the whole floor needed the sanding finished and the varnish topped up... some bits needed more attention than others.
|Case in point- The big hire machine only gets so close, you need to finish with an edging sander or a belt sander.|
I had the day to myself, so started work at the crack of noon... as one does.
My to-do list:
- Clear the floor
- Clean the floor (on hands and knees with a damp cloth)
- Sand edges with belt sander
- Sand entire floor surface with orbital sander (making sure I sand down any markings or stains)
- Clean floor with dust mop
- Clean floor with white spirit
- Leave to dry
- Varnish floor - painting myself out of the room and into the kitchen
- Leave to dry before walking across it to go to bed
The whole room has to be out of bounds for the rest of the family while I am working, to keep them out of the dust and to keep the naked floor as clean as possible. This can only be done when they are not here.
|Sanding in the understairs cupboard - bit of a tight squeeze.|
As you can maybe see here, we still have no electrics in the living-room, hence empty wall-socket and the need for me to use an extension cable, lamps and a head-torch
|Orbital sander to key the whole floor, even the bits that look OK.|
|Cleaning with white spirit |
Paper towels avoid washing white spirit into the septic tank when cleaning up.
|I finished varnishing at 11pm|
Time for a well earned midnight snack.
|yes! that whole pint of cream was well earned thankyou very much... |
there is a mince pie under there somewhere - yum!
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