Smooth op­er­a­tor

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

by clear­ing the room and sand­ing all the pro­trud­ing nails in the floor­boards. Bang in these with a nail punch (and ham­mer) so you don’t dam­age the boards. If you leave any nails stick­ing up, they will break the sand­ing sheets, which is an­noy­ing, time­con­sum­ing and ex­pen­sive be­cause you usu­ally pay for each sheet you use.

well as hir­ing an in­dus­trial floor san­der to sand the main part of the floor, you’ll need an edger to sand right up to the skirt­ing boards – the two san­ders can usu­ally be hired as a pack­age. Be­fore us­ing the ma­chines, put on a dust mask and gog­gles, open the win­dow and close the door, as there will be a lot of dust.

start sand­ing, lift the drum of the in­dus­trial floor san­der off the floor and turn on the ma­chine. This avoids dam­ag­ing the boards and let­ting the san­der get away with you – it’s pow­er­ful, so be care­ful. Walk the san­der steadily across the floor in a di­ag­o­nal di­rec­tion, but don’t linger in one spot be­cause you’ll cre­ate ridges in the boards. When you turn off the san­der, make sure the drum has stopped be­fore putting it down. The edger is more straight­for­ward to use, but back-break­ing to op­er­ate af­ter a while.

coarse­ness of the sand­ing sheets you use will be de­ter­mined by the state of the floor­boards. If they’re black, use coarse sheets first, but be pre­pared to get through quite a few be­cause they’ll clog up quickly. If the boards are in bet­ter con­di­tion, try start­ing with a medi­um­grade sheet, and end with ne for a smooth fin­ish.

won’t be able to get into the corners of the room with the edger be­cause its sand­ing sheets are round, so use sand­pa­per or an elec­tric de­tail san­der. Get­ting the corners look­ing as good as the rest of the floor isn’t al­ways easy, but is worth the ef­fort.

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