Drywall Sanding Tools
Although your hardware store may have full sheets of drywall sanding screen, you'll find that die-cut strips load quickly into pole-mounted and hand sanders. Avoid ordinary sandpaper -- it clogs too quickly. For conventional drywall compound, sand with -grit or finer abrasive; when you're sanding lightweight or topping compounds, choose 150-grit or finer.
The swivel-joint pole sander improves your reach and leverage whether you're sanding a ceiling or a wall. If you use 1- or 2-inch beads on outside corners, consider a corner bead cleaner. It mounts onto a standard handle to quickly remove unwanted joint compound.
A cellulose sponge can eliminate some dust during the sanding process. The sponge smoothes joints by slightly dissolving nonsetting-type joint compound. Consider the sponge a final smoothing step -- not as a substitute for dry sanding. For actually sanding down compound, you can use a dry abrasive sponge or pad.
Contain sanding dust by raising walls of plastic sheeting held by adjustable spring-loaded poles. Setup is surprisingly quick, and it's a particularly good solution for remodeling projects. You can buy a basic system or fully accessorize it -- including adhesive-backed zippers that make doors in the plastic and foam rails that dust-proof the edges.
For dust control right at the source, consider a sanding system that attaches to a shop vacuum. Some designs connect directly to the vacuum, while others utilize a water filter to grab the dust before it even gets to the vacuum.Create a doorway: Step 1
You won't need a full wall of sheeting if you are working in a room that is separated from the rest of the house by a door. There you can simply attach plastic sheeting over the doorway as a seal. However, you will still need to create a doorway in the plastic to gain access to the work area. Just cut the sheet by the door opening.
When you put up the plastic, leave a fold of about 12-18 inches where the doorway will be. After the plastic is up, slit the sheet vertically to make two flaps.Create a doorway: Step 2
To seal the flaps, fold them together and clip them with two or three spring clamps.
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