Speaking of tools, we actually spent an entire day last week working sans power tools. We peeled back the paper in the living room and got ready to prep for sanding, which meant a massive amount of time scuttling around like a crab on our hands and knees pulling up staples, tapping in small nails and using the crowbar to yank up the larger floor nails. When I started my business (see: Kanibal Home) I worked primarily in restoring old furniture and I found that the best way to yank up stubborn staples was with a skinny flat head screwdriver and a pair of pliers.
And this brings us full circle back to Home Depot and the tool rental department. Earlier in the home buying and renovation process we were all "OMG, can we redo the floors ourselves?" and "Should we call an expert?" and even "Does it even make sense to refinish when we can replace?" (You can read about the drama here.) I even made a call to a floor refinisher that a friend recommended. At $2/sq ft he was probably the cheapest we were going to get. We did the math and (with supplies) we were looking at about $3000. Not too shabby you might think. It would save us time. But we couldn't stop talking about what we could do with the money saved if we just did it ourselves.
So we went and rented a drum sander. And guess what? It was fun.