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Choosing a Drywall Sander

Choosing a Drywall Sander

Finding the right tool for the job is important, so there are a number of questions you should consider when selecting tools for a drywall job. Dry walling can be a time-consuming and messy home renovation project, and sanding drywall is the most frustrating of all. That is why choosing a drywall sander that has all the features that suit your particular project is so important. While there are a number of different types of drywall sanders, here are the most popular drywall sanders on the market and the types of projects they are appropriate for.

Types of Drywall Sanders

There are three common types of drywall sanders, each with common and more specific features.

    Manual Sanding Block: This type of drywall sander is best for small jobs, such as repairing a hole in a wall. They are also small in size so are fairly easy to handle and come in both single and dual angles. They are also good for finishing work, as they work best with medium to fine grit sandpaper.

  • Orbital Sander: This is the perfect tool for the “do-it-yourselfer” who is looking for a powerful drywall sander that can also be used for other household jobs, such as removing rust or paint. It is not the best tool for professional or larger jobs and should always be used with caution.

  • Porter Cable Sander: This is the drywall sander to select for large or professional jobs. It is a very powerful tool and can cover large areas very quickly and efficiently. It also comes with a professional price and it’s the most expensive type of drywall sander on the market. It is heavy and difficult to handle, so should only be used by someone who has received some instruction on its use and feels confident that they can use it correctly and safely.

Selecting the Right One for the Job

In addition to the features described above and the types of drywall projects they work best for, there is also the consideration of factors such as budget and whether you should purchase a drywall sander new or used, or even rent a drywall sander. If you are looking to make a repair to your home and are not likely going to need a drywall sander again, then renting from your local DIY store may be the most affordable option. This is also a good idea if you do not know a lot about home renovations or are not exactly sure what model of drywall sander is best for your project, as the staff can assist you with any questions you may have.

If you are looking to purchase a drywall sander, and still want to keep the budget in check, then a used drywall sander may be the best choice. It is always important when purchasing used tools to make sure that they are still in good working order, have no malfunctioning parts and that they are safe to use. A physical inspection of the tool is generally a good idea so purchasing one online may not be worth the cheaper price.

Finishing drywall is a messy job, but making sure that you have the right drywall sander for the project will make it quicker, more efficient and give your drywall project a finished and professional look. It is also important to make sure that you have taken all the appropriate safety precautions and use secure ladders or scaffolding and wear protective gear and a mask.

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