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Sanding a wooden floor

Postby Dunceen » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:29 pm

Can anyone help me out here?

We've had someone sand a substantial wooden floor and I think they've done a really bad job. We're currently in dispute over this and if anyone has any thoughts it would help. Is it normal too:

- Not take kitchen plinths off and sand by machine up to about a half inch beside them and do the rest by hand?
- Roll the varnish on and get the varnish on the plinths and up the skirting boards etc?
- leave corners and under radiators unsanded at all while varnish has been applied everywhere else (our contractor says he does these bits at the end by hand)
- apply six coats of varnish to the floor, and say that it still requires another very good sand with at least 2 more coats of varnish
- leave footprints, wood splinters etc in the 6-coat job and say that these come out with the final sand?

I realise that the answer to some of these questions is obviously no! BUT at the same time I am reading different things on the issue of how and when to do corners/udner radiators etc in this sort of job.

Any thoughts would help!

Thanks, D
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Postby Tall Tone » Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:24 pm

As you say "No"
If the dispute is financial and will possibly go to court you need to get a professional report produced on the state of the floor. Contact some of the major lacquer manufacturers and they will point you in the direction of court approved specialists. Another route would be to visit the Contract Flooring Associations web site and see what they recommend especially if your contractor is registered with them.
If you just want to put the floor right speak to a big lacquer manufacturer and they will be able to give you advice and contacts in your area of quality floor sanders.
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