Is the edger you are talking about a handheld orbital or another machine that you have? I think that you should be able to use it with the varying grit sand papers (as you would any sandy project).
A couple of years ago we refinished our 1950's wood floors with a drum sander getting the larger/middle portion of the room and a handheld orbital getting the edges and more heavily stained spots. They turned out great.
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Hey everyone, I sanded my hardwood floors last weekend, but we didn't get done. The floors are very old and back in the day (as I discovered) many times they had big wool rugs on the floor and then they would finish the floor around the rugs... so we had shellac to deal with (and probably wax etc) which we had to remove before we could use the disc sander/edger. I always wondered why the floor looked different in the outer foot or so border of the room, like there used to be a rug there or something. We tried just edging it straight out but the sandpaper would get gummed up in like a minute and just smear the shellac etc around.
So I finished the rough cut phase in the middle with the drum sander, but still have to do the edger.
Can I just use the edger/disc sander with the varying grits of sandpaper to finish the rest of the floors?? The floor areas that I am doing aren't big, one is 12x9 the other is 12x11. I find the edger works better on the low spots on the floor anyway, as the floor is probably around 100 years old the boards are not totally even.
This would not only save me some money, but the big thing is transporting the drum sander, it weighs 110 pounds and I don't really have anyone to help me load it in and out of the car at my house, and would rather not do that again to avoid injury. I guess I "would" do it again if the results would be significantly better.
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