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DIY or not? Refinish a hardwood floor

Refinishing a hardwood floor is the ultimate recycling project because hardwood is an enduring material that can be restored to its natural good looks. Even after years of use, abuse and neglect, a solid hardwood floor can turn out amazing. But from our experience, this is not a project for a DIYer. • A floor refinisher will charge $557 to sand and refinish a 15- by 20-foot room, or 300 square feet. You can do the job for $235 and save about 60 percent. Your cost includes renting a floor sander and edger, sandpaper, polyurethane finish, and a paint roller and brush to apply it. • However, don't be lured by the savings; our best advice is to hire a professional. What you save trying to do it yourself could easily be outweighed by the damage you could cause. A pro knows how to operate the equipment without gouging the floorboards — a first-timer might let it rip and cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage. • There's enough preliminary work needed to keep a do-it-yourselfer engaged in the job. You have to empty the room, removing all furniture, window coverings, wall decorations and carpeting. A pro will seal off the room with plastic sheeting taped to the doorway, but you'll find dust and grit throughout the house. If anyone has difficulty breathing, keep them away until the dust settles and is vacuumed away and the new finish is applied and completely dry. Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services

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$557$2359.622.0$32258%
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$557$2359.622.0$32258%


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cost
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cost
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hours
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hours
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savings
Percent saved
$557$2359.622.0$32258%

DIY or not? Refinish a hardwood floor 11/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 12:17pm]

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