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Old 07-18-2014, 05:46 AM  
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Sanding the floors is a big job and not required if you just want to paint them up for a few years. if you are going with new flooring sanding isn’t required as you will be laying down some kind of underlayment and then flooring. The only reason to sand them is if you wanted to go for a primitive wood floor look and some people find that quite attractive. You need to rent a sander to do that there are two types the drum sander and the vibrating pad sander. Both are big and will be close to the size of a push mower. The drum sander is faster and more aggressive and also less forgiving of a DIY. I just used a 2 foot square vibrating samder and did about 500 sq foot in our old house over a weekend. Some was painted some varnish and some bare wood. It takes quite a bit of time to get that old paint off. In my case there was nice 100 year old chestnut flooring under the paint. If you do sand you should be careful of what type of paint it is as you make a lot of dust and you need to wear proper masks depending on what you have.

I have done two floors in my life both old homes the first was pine and turned out ok but wasn’t worth the time and effort to save it and later put new floors over it. This last one turned out really nice and glad I took the time to save it.

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Old 07-18-2014, 08:19 PM  
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You have to be careful with those floor sanders. They can really get away from you. I've seen footage of people loosing control when trying to use them.

If you decide to go with vinyl sheet or linoleum, you can check out surplus places or Habitat for Humanity ReStore to find supplies for less expense. The latter doesn't always have what you're seeking, but its worth a look since they tend to have very good prices on things. I found some doorknobs that were normally $30 for $2 there. They sometimes have extra flooring and such. (The ReStore sells stuff that was donated to them from when houses were demolished/renovated or when people had extra stuff leftover after a renovation). If it wasn't such a large area, I'd say you could look for remnants at some stores because those are usually less expensive.

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