Friday, December 10, 2010
Back at It
And I suppose it's going reasonably well. The rough sanding still isn't done, but at least I can tell the difference between what I've worked on and what I haven't.
I've been using the belt sander; it's the only effective way to get things started, my floor's in such bad shape. The biggest difficulty has been keeping the damn cord out of the way. They say to drape it round your neck, but that's only going to work if you loop it round once or twice. Which could get interesting if the sander got away from you.
Ergo, I didn't get the best use out of it yesterday, which led me to believe I was going to have to do a lot of additional filling, where the soft parts of the wood have worn away. But where I was working today, I was able to hang the belt sander cord off the newel post, and got a lot more done with it. Smoothed down some floorboards I was sure would have to be filled, and I think they're still structurally sound . . .