This Site All Started With a PoolThis Site All Started With a Pool

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This Site All Started With a Pool

I'm Jake Johnson and installing a pool in my home was not easy. First, I had to make the decision. I live alone since my wife died a few years ago, and it seemed rather frivolous to spend money on a pool. I'm not old, but age was a bit of a factor. It seemed almost irresponsible and childish to want a pool at my age. After I committed, I had to find the right contractor. With so many variables (price, time, personality, etc.), it was a lot harder than I thought. Next, I had to work with the contractor to find the proper space and size and look. After months of construction, I had my pool, but then I had to learn a lot about the proper care and upkeep. Overall, though, my little foray into construction (even if I didn't do any of the really hard work) was informative and worthwhile!

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Many people enjoy the look of a smooth hardwood surface on the floors within a home. If you have decided to have hardwood flooring installed, you will want to take steps in maintaining its pleasing look with some simple maintenance steps. With regular usage, hardwood floors will lose their shine, becoming lackluster in appearance. To revitalize a hardwood floor, refinishing will be necessary. Here are some instructions to follow in doing a hardwood floor refinishing procedure on your own.

Making Preparations

Before you refinish your flooring, remove all furniture from the room you are working within and place it in storage in another area until you are completely finished. If your room has hardwood flooring in a closet, either remove or cover your clothing so they do not become covered with sawdust from the process. Take light bulbs out of light fixtures and cover the fixtures with paper bags so sawdust does not fly into the mechanisms. The shoe molding will need to be removed from walls. Use a crowbar to lift them out of place and set aside. Vacuum the entire floor to remove any debris before you start refinishing the wood.

Smoothing The Wood

The first step in refinishing a wood floor is by sanding the wood to remove any prior stain or sealant. Rent a drum sander from a local hardware store to do the job. When you begin sanding, pick an area in the room that will be covered by a larger piece of furniture in case you miscalculate the amount of pressure you need to use with the equipment to sand properly.

Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper and slowly move from one side of the room to the other, sanding with the grain, sloughing off the top layer of your flooring in the process. After you sand from wall to wall, use the sander so it overlaps over the edge of the pass you had just completed. This helps you sand the entire surface. Sand corners by hand. After you complete the room, vacuum the entire floor and switch to medium-grit sandpaper and give the room another pass with the drum sander. Finish with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the flooring evenly.

Adding Some Finishing

After you have sanded the entire floor, vacuum any sawdust that collected during the process. To add coloring, add stain directly to the wood and allow to dry according to the packaging directions. Some stains will require you sand the floor once again between coats. To add shine to your floors, add a coat of sealant to protect the surface from scuffs or scratches. After this has dried completely, replace your shoe moldings and put your belongings back in your room. To find out more, speak to a business like MD Walk On Wood Floors.