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Wood and moisture

by Everett 2/5/2018

 

wood moisture readings

 

     Understanding the relationship between wood and moisture is a crucial aspect of having wood flooring installed in your home. Not only can extremes in moisture be disastrous, even mild fluctuations can cause a floor to perform less than ideally. Simply put, one of the main purposes of wood in a tree is to transfer water from the roots to the leaves, which it does through capillary action. In other words, wood is...

 

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Finish options explained

by Gabe 5/2/2017

 

Finish options

 

     Wood floor finishing is a complicated subject with many aspects to consider. Oil poly or waterborne? Stain or natural? How many coats? It's a lot to take in all at once. The aim of this article is to serve as a reference and hopefully to help make sense of all the ins and outs of deciding what kind of wood floor finish is right for your unique needs.

 

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Ceno vacuum upgrades

by Everett 4/5/2017

 

Ceno vacuum upgrades

 

     The Ceno 2 motor vacuum is, as the name suggests, a 110v vacuum with 2 independently switched motors, an internal cloth filter and a 1.5” hose. There is also a 220v version with 3 motors that uses the same exact vac body, more on that later. It’s not a bad vacuum for the price, but there are some easy improvements you can make yourself. Personally I felt like the diameter of the hose was a restriction and I never really...

 

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Trio steel discs

by Everett 2/28/2017

 

triosteelies

 

 

     I may be onto another crazy idea. If you look at the driver pads of the Trio you notice a big almost 5 inch hollow spot in the center of them. Also every 1.5 inches or so there's a void on the part that does make contact, but we can ignore that for now. Theoretically speaking, what if the discs on the Trio only made contact with a half inch strip around the outside instead of 1 1/2? It would take even longer, require more...

 

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Alternative edging method

by Everett 2/23/2017

 

edging method

 

     When I first learned how to edge I would work towards making sure that all the scratches made by the edger were 90 degrees to the wood grain. 90 degree scratches are the hardest to take out with the buffer or random orbit sander, and it gets gradually easier and easier the closer the scratches get to parallel with the grain of the boards. Many years ago at a seminar, a couple of guys were giving a demonstration on edging...

 

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Multidisc steel discs

by Everett 2/15/2017

 

Multidisc steel discs

 

     When we purchased our Bona Multidisc, it came with optional soft pads that you could install between the stock pads and the abrasives to lessen the aggressiveness and leave a smoother scratch pattern. It was a game changer for us right out of the gates as we had only ever used a hard plate and screens with the buffer. For years we dealt with swirls on stain jobs and would occasionally just get lucky with a particular color that...

 

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