sanding floorboards without industrial floor sander.

29 Dec 2005
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United Kingdom
I recently hires an industrial floor sander to sand my living room floorboads to great effect.

I now plan to sand my hall boards but I will be unable to use the same hired sander because my hall is 3 ft wide and the boards run across the hall.

If I have enough time, is it possible to sand the floorboards with a smaller domestic belt sander or orbital sander? If so, which will would be best?

The boards are level because they are new, so I don't need to take too much off the top to give a flat surface.

Any suggestions would be really helpful.


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belt sander is the way to go, are they screwed down? Might be easier taking them up one by one and doing them on a workbench.
Matty - hire a 4" belt sander (something like a Makita) and unless your hall is 30' long shouldn't take too much time or effort, especially as your boards are new/clean. A cheapo sander from a DIY shed might do the job if the hall is miniscule and you'll probably burn it out; hire a decent one for less.

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