Bradley’s guide to sanding and finishing a floor

So, you want to make your floorboards a nice feature in your house and ditch the carpets? Well, this is how you do it.

1. Remove any nails that are sticking up out the flooring with a nail punch to stop the sandpaper from tearing whilst using the drum sander.
2. Remove all debris from the floor.
3. Use various levels of grit on the sandpaper, 24, 36, 40 and 80, and sand against the grain. Use floor and edge sanders.
4. Hoover in between each different grade of grit to pick up debris and sawdust.
5. Apply your first coat of varnish.
6. Apply varnish coat number 2.
7. Using a 450 grit sandpaper, sand the floor in the direction of the grain.
8. Use a damp rag to wipe excess dust off the floor.
9. Apply the final coat of varnish to the floor.
10. Stand back and admire your handy work.

Cosy Homes Club: DIY Draughtproofing with Carbon Coop


Written by Tom Doubtfire, Cosy Homes Club Citizen researcher Last week we were joined at Kitty’s Launderette by Laurence and Lorenza from Carbon Co-op (https://carbon.coop), for our DIY Draughtproofing workshop. We learnt that around 15% of heat loss is from draughts. There is a difference between draughts and ventilation as well: a draught is classed […]

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Cosy Homes Club: Capacity building with our local team


After recruiting a team of local Energy Champions and Citizen Researchers, our first collective training workshop was held in an appropriately cosy room at Everton In the Community, just before Christmas. We begin by sitting down together for lunch for a chance to chat and get to know each other a little, and then spent […]

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Our 2023 Annual Report


Read our 2023 Annual Report below, or download it here.

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