Hello to everyone and thank you in advance for any oversight / expertise you may be able to lend to my questions! I will do my best to be as brief, yet as detailed, as possible.
I removed the carpeting in my home to find that we have actual wood floors about a week back. It is pretty beat up and has seen much better days, but I'm still very interested in trying to bring it back to life. I have the plan laid out but I just have a few concerns that are rattling my confidence a bit.
Sanding passes will utilize the following grits:
4) 100 - Finishing
I'll only be adding filler (saw dust + wood glue) in the areas that are damaged, and of course any nail / staple holes. I feel like having honest gaps will, in the long run, look a lot better than trying to do an amateur fill job that's going to just break down after a year and look like junk underneath the clear coating. I will be staining after sanding / filling, I've been working with wood as an amateur for a few years so I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on timing and technique, so that isn't an issue.
The crux of my issue is this: I'm going to rent a drum sander for the weekend, I've read up on technique so I know with this particular unit that moving from left to right across the room will keep the machine as level as possible, it's got a feathering handle on it so I know raising and lowering the drum is crucial to making sure everything comes out correctly, but what I struggle with is my first cut across the room. I intend to cut the machine at an angle to help level out the floor but after I'm done working with my 24grit passes, do I need to then continue my passes at an angle or can I then transition to sanding parallel with the grain? Once I have that figured out, I'm confident I can address the rest. I just know that the first cuts are going to set the tone for how this project is going to go and I just don't want to mess it up right out of the gate.
Again, any oversight anyone can lend would be incredibly appreciated!