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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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How is sandpaper quality determined?

In chat today, Karl mentioned that there's a very large disparity in sandpaper quality. Now, I knew about grit differences (they refer to the fineness of the grain, iirc) but literal quality? So, ...
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How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6

I'm making a stand-alone pullup bar and I bored 1 1/4" holes in 2x6's for my 1" galvanized pipe (1 1'4" outside) to slide through. Only the pipe is definitely 1 5/16" (thank you, guy at Lowes) and I ...
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What tools and techniques are available for sanding without machinery?

I am planning on creating a table made out of recycled wood planks and I am wondering if it is too ambitious to hand sand the wood planks without the use of machinery. I am on a budget and am ...
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How can I remove tiny dust particles from the air?

As a basic prep step before I painted, I sanded some of my walls. Later, I cleaned the area and swept up any visible dust particles. Now however, a member of my family is having difficulty breathing ...
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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Should we sand and prime holes in our walls or pay someone to do it?

We just had our 1,000-square-foot house insulated with blown-in insulation. Now we have 180 patched-up holes in our interior walls that need be sanded and primed before we repaint. The holes ...
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How to rescue exterior door paint job?

I have a newly installed exterior metal paneled door that was still dirty when painted. Also embedded in the paint job are bits of foam rubber from the brush, lint from a paint roller and hair from an ...
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What do the letters mean in sandpaper grading?

I have a set of sandpapers that has the following papers: 60 AN 100 GB 120 DN 180 FB All have the marking S/C/W/P paper T9 C Closed. These are all paper sheets. I know that the number is the grain ...
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What's the right way to sand/shave/reshape particleboard?

My second bedroom has low ceilings. I bought an IKEA closet, but somehow botched the measurements when I was seeing if it would fit. So, instead of having ~10cm of room for the top of the cabinet, I ...
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Am I doing something wrong with this sanding job?

I'm trying to finish a finishing job on a dresser; I abandoned the project (long story) a while ago after getting a few drawers done, and I've since lost the exact instructions I was following. After ...
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How can I plane the edges of plywood?

I'm working on an 8ft x 12ft climbing wall. I have 3/4 inch ACX plywood attached to a frame. Since the frame isn't perfectly square, the plywood overlaps on the edges (up to about 1cm) so I need to ...
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Is it necessary to sand before the last coat of oil paint?

When I'm painting high-gloss oil-based on woodwork (architraves, skirtingboards, windows), I have been following the tin's advice and sanding between all coats. I don't resent sanding after the ...
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How soon can we stain a freshly-sanded deck after it got drenched in the rain?

My family and I are refinishing our deck. We live in area with wild weather so, even though it called for a week of sun, immediately after finishing sanding our deck (to a very beautiful underneath) ...
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What's a good cheap sander to sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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What's the significance of orbit diameter in a random orbit sander?

I've been looking at random orbit sanders and noticed that they have different orbit diameters, and some models even offer settings for it. Does the orbit diameter affect material removal, or ...
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What would cause a Varathane EZV sander to rip the sandpaper?

I have recently been appointed FSA at a Lowes store in Allen Park Michigan. I was ask if i could find out why the Varathane EZV sander was ripping the sand paper. My knowledge on the subject is ...
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What painting equipment is needed to restore a derelict wooden house?

The exterior walls are in a very bad shape, and the whole house needs to be painted. It looks like this: What equipment should I get to prepare the walls and paint them?
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How much do I need to sand before painting?

I want to paint my home's varnished window sills. How do I know when I have sanded them enough?
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Do I need to sand this unfinished table?

I've gathered that the step immediately before staining a table is to sand it. However, I wonder how to tell when the table is smooth enough? Can I skip the sanding step? In my case I bought an ...
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How smooth should I sand a wall

I removed old paper from the wall and want to paint it new . Before doing it I guess I should sand the whole wall so that it's smoother and for that I'll use a dry-wall sander. The question is which ...
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How do I know when to switch to a finer grit when polishing marble?

I am polishing a marble shelf with pads impregnated with a resin containing diamond powder (it has some advantages over sandpaper, but otherwise works in a similar way). I used grit 50 to remove ...
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How would I reverse yellow stains resulting from sealing a marble table top?

I sealed a new polished marble table top with a granite sealer that also works on marble. The discoloration is slight, but I'd like to remove it. What's the best way to do this? I've read about ...
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Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?

If I mount something like one of these: in a router in a router table, have I just created a spindle sander, or are there other differences in how they work? If you've already got a router, what ...
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Can oscillating “multi-tools” sand vertical surfaces?

I need to sand some rough spots on our old front door before repainting and am considering buying/using a multi-tool for this task (as well as some tricky flooring and drywall tasks later). What's ...
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Resurfacing a wood table

I have a 10 year old hardwood (red gum) table that has had a hard life. It was originally finished with bee's wax but I did not really keep up maintenance. What is the best way clean up this table? ...
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Why is sanding required between layers of lacquer paint?

Some context for the question in the title: After years of fixing stuff around the house, I've developed a chronic form of sinusitis - the minimal amount of dust is enough to set me off. I do use a ...
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How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane?

I have applied 3 coats of poly so far. I'd like to smooth out the surface before the final coat. What type of sander should I use: Square Buff Floor Sander , Random Orbit Floor Sander , or just a ...
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How can I get replacement floorboards to match existing floorboards?

I've just moved into a 1930's house and have started work on restoring the original floorboards. I had to replace around one third in each room with new boards from a local timber yard. After sanding ...
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Should I be concerned about respiratory hazard from leftover/lurking silica sand from abrasive blasting (sandblasting)?

I know the media itself is a respiratory hazard while blasting (I'm told the silica sand itself breaks apart from the blasting and becomes dust-like). The area will be ventilated. However, I worry ...
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Non-sanding solution to get old pen markings out of wood?

My wife and I have a toddler who is ready to graduate to a big boy bed, and her parent's handed us down a twin bed that they've had in storage for years (woo hoo). The problem with it is that someone ...
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What's wrong with the polyurethane on this hardwood floor refinishing job?

This is basically what I've done so far: I sanded the floor down to 120 grit with a drum sander (did a pretty good, time consuming job) Put 1 coat of polyurethane down - these problem-spots soaked ...
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Can I hone Silestone from a glossy finish to a matte finish?

I would like to hone (make the glossy finish matte) my Silestone kitchen countertops. Is this possible either through an acid wash, sanding or other? Sanding works on samples but will be difficult ...
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Electricians came in last week to drill and install pot lights.. are they in charge of plastering and making sure all is OK for painting? [closed]

So Electricans came in to install some pot lights. 8 per room. Some of the pot lights have cracks around the drywall where the hole was drilled. Some cracks they created while drilling the holes were ...
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How do I fix scratches from sanding drywall?

I've never sanded drywall/spackle before so I don't know what is acceptable or not. I'm remodeling my bathroom and have put down a few layers of spackle. Everything looks good and I just wanted to ...
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How to take the sandpaper off of a Makita palm sander

I need to know how to take the old sandpaper off a palm sander (Makita model B04553). It is not mine so I am unsure, but there are four latches that I have lifted, thinking that it will loosen and ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

We removed a shelving unit in our kitchen that was attached directly to the wall. We intend to paint the entire room but the cabinet was on top of many layers of flaking old paint. The house dates ...
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Is it possible to use this reclaimed hardwood flooring?

I am planning on reusing some old hard wood flooring reclaimed from another parts of the house. I should note I have an old house that the original portion was built in 1760 with an add on done ...
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Recommended palm sander techniques?

I'm palm sanding (quarter sheet) flaking/chipped paint from exterior hardwood siding I want to preserve. I read some hints here, but I'm seeking any other labor-saving hints - this job is tedious. ...
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How to sand wood without flattening it

I'd like to sand some wood planks on a rustic table to remove paint stains, but keep the rough wood structure (1-2 mm height difference). How can I do that?
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Will the shiny and scratched appearance after sanding between coats go away after applying another coat of polyurethane?

I have a table that has a veneer inlay that my grandkids put huge scratches in. I decided to sand it and coat it with polyurethane. Long story short, I even ended up adding stain. The sanding block ...
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Paint a rusty hinge without sanding?

If I use primer on a rusty hinge, can I paint it and get away without sanding it first? Photo:
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Cleaning up very old oak and other hardwood roof beams

I am building a stone barn and have just acquired an assortment of very old oak and other hardwood beams (with nails, dirt, the lot) to be used to construct the barn roof. A lot of this wood is filthy ...
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What should I do about streaks in my finish?

I just stripped, sanded, stained & then applied fast-drying oil-based polyurethane to my hardwood table. All went well until I sanded the second coat of polyurethane with 220 grit sandpaper. The ...
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Sanding screen vs Sandpaper for hardwood floor

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a sanding screen vs sandpaper when refininshing a hardwood floor? When would you choose one over the other?
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Fix bad drywall mudding/paint

For my first-ever drywall mudding attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Mudded the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
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How to even out the colour on wooden stair treads

I am currently renovating my staircase, and I want the treads of the stairs to be stained wood while the remaining of the staircase will be painted white. I have stripped the old paint of the treads ...
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Can buffing and sanding attachments be used with a fixed speed powerdrill?

Have wondered about this possibility. I've seen some 'As seen on TV' ads where they sell all-in-one DIY power-tool kits which can act as a drill (reversible), power screw in/unscrew, hammer, buffing, ...
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When is it ok to sand against the grain?

Everything I've read says that you should always sand with the grain of the wood. What if it's impossible to sand with the grain? For example, I'm installing a brand new stair post - the kind with the ...
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Can you fix scratches in Little Tykes furniture?

Little Tykes has thick plastic furniture and toys. Is there a way to make them look new? Buff, fill, what?