Lap marks in 2-in-1 stain/poly

Q: I recently sanded down hardwood floors to apply a new stain. When sanding was over we were in a time crunch so decided to apply a 2 in 1 stain/poly. We made some application errors the first time around which resulted in dark lap marks. We talked to the company and they recommended sanding lap marks with a 220 grit sandpaper to lighten them up to the surrounding floor. We have done that and we just aren’t sure if we’ve done enough and we are timid to continue staining until we know we have. Any suggestions on our next steps to blend the floors enough that we will get an even finish throughout?

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Are dips in an old floor of special concern?

Q: I have a house we recently bought. It’s older built in 1920 and some of the flooring has dips. It’s not horrible, but what could cause this? Is it something that should be addressed immediately?

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Smell of polyurethane from neighbours

Q: I live on a third floor apt and my landlord is redoing the first floor flooring. He used polyurethane on his hardwood floors and the fumes carried up all the way up the hallway into our apartments. Can he do that and then leave for the night but not say anything to tenets? I’ve lived here 15 years and shouldn’t have to smell first floor fumes, should I? What can we do about it?

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