What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Detail Sander

Everyone who has ever painted a room has come across the need to make a few wall repairs prior to painting. One problem with using spackling or wall repair compound is getting it nice and smooth so the repair does not show through the new paint job. Using manual sanding methods can be time consuming and frustrating if you end up creating a few more shallow marks from sanding than anticipated. The work around for this for some fillers was to use a wet sanding method but even that didn't get things to nice a smooth finish that wouldn't show through the new finish. I came across the idea of using a power sander to quickly get a nice smooth repair finish that doesn't show through the new paint.

detail sanderDetail Sander

Pictured is our small hand held Jobmate detail sander. It is called a detail sander because of the shape that will allow you to easily get into corners. This light weight hand held sander makes quick work of smoothing those repair patches. The sand paper attaches via velcro and is available in several grit grades. A vacuum cleaner hose can be attached to minimize the dust and I do recommend using a dust mask when using the power sander. Once the repair patch is smoothed out be sure to vacuum and/or use a tack cloth to remove any dust. You wall is now ready to paint to a nice, smooth finish that doesn't show any repair patches.

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