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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 stained MDF be restored?

I embarked on an ambitious project to restore a piece of furniture by stripping it, sanding it back, re-staining, and re-varnishing. The stripping and sanding part has turned into an absolute ...
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How to efficiently trim 3mm polycarbonate with portable tool(s)?

I have a square of 3mm thick polycarbonate (aka "Lexan" after a common brand, though mine is a different brand) that is roughly 50cm along each edge. I need to trim a few mm off one corner and part ...
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Having some trouble with Sanding hardwood floors

I thought I sand my floors myself so last night I rented random orbit sander from home depot. Using the 36 grit sand paper. I did not get the result I was hoping to get. It is my first time using the ...
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Do I need to sand my new pressure-treated deck before staining it?

I just got a deck built and pre treated wood was used. Do I need to sand it before I stain it? I live in San Antonio, Texas
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How can I make my concrete countertop smoother?

I think I used the wrong concrete mix. It had rocks in it so when I tried to get it level, but I really struggled. I then went and bought some self leveling cement to try to balance everything out. ...
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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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Can I reduce the width of a board half an inch by sanding?

I am building a bed frame. Like a fool, I thought 2 x 4 lumber was actually 2 x 4 inches. Now I have a gap that is .5 inches too wide on either side of my frame. I'm wondering if there is a good fix ...
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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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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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Does sand help with drainage or marshy lawns around a house?

We moved into our home nine months ago, and slowly the situation of runoff from other properties has led to a condition where the back yard is very marshy-like (your shoes would get muddy and it's a ...
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Finish a laser engraved piece of wood

I've laser engraved text onto a wooden plaque . The engraving has some finely spaced grooves. I want to apply a stain on it , sand it out so that the engraved portion is darker than the rest. I'm ...
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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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Removed wainscoting - Will I need to sand the entire wall?

First time DIY'er here and I decided it was time to update my office by removing the wainscoting and giving it a fresh coat of paint. However, before I get there, I was hoping for a little feedback......
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Stair skirt board protruding from wall by ~1/4" - can I use a belt sander to sand it down?

I'm doing my own stairs remod - long story short, I'm regretting it. It looked deceptively easy, but I've regretted it and I have a bunch of little errors that are adding up. One such mistake is that ...
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What is this sanding disc and where could I find one?

As best I can tell, it's a 5" diameter, open-coat, all-metal (steel? tin?) arbor-mounted sanding disc. It's the only thing that will remove tar from brick on my house, and I really need to purchase ...
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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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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

just started my first DIY project of finishing my 3 year old IKEA Gerton Beech Wooden table top. I have been using this as my computer table and it has become very dirty so I thought I'll use this ...
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Reapplying spar varnish/urethane to exterior door

I have a 'knotty alder' front door that was refinished by a contractor last August. However, because the lower panel of the door has already deteriorated due to sun exposure, I decided to sand the ...
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Drum sander attachment for drill keeps coming loose

Like in the picture. It's doing a great job (floorboards and skirting boards) but it keeps working itself out of the drill - I can see it creeping out gradually, and after about a minute of use it ...
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How should I handle areas of soft polyurethane left after sanding?

Following 24 hour drying, sanding with 120 grit using handheld belt sander on very old pine floor, I vacuumed then damp mopped. Now I have spots of gummy poly throughout the floor. How do I proceed to ...
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Is sanding the best option to remove peeling wall paint?

I have purchased a house and it seems that the previous occupiers used incredibly cheap paint which is just peeling off and bitty, almost the texture of dry PVA glue. It has been suggested that I ...
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What's the name for this very thin metal sanding disk for use in a drill?

I have a sanding disc that attaches to my drill, and i'm struggling to find a replacement. Does anyone know what it's officially called? I reckon it's about 180 grit. It's about 127mm external ...
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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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Preparing cedar board & batten siding for new solid color acrylic stain … what makes sense for time

I own a circa 1986 ranch style home in the often cold & snowy northwest (Buffalo, NY) area. It is cedar board & batten as you see below. Size is approx 40' x 65'. I believe the color is ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

I'm trying to restore a piece of furniture that has sentimental value. It is currently stained with a very dark (mahogany?) color: However, I would like to stain it a much lighter color (Maple, using ...
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Can you polish a concrete pier block?

I've been searching google for awhile but can't find a straight answer (every link is about walls/floors): Can I polish (or sand to be smoother at least) a concrete pier block? I have this one from ...
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How to resurface a patch of hardwood floor? Reapplying stain and poly

Resurfacing Background So about a year ago, I resurfaced my entire upstairs by myself. In the process of doing so, I water popped the floors, went with an oil based stain, and a water based poly. I ...
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Something like epoxy for painting a playhouse?

I'm building a bunk-bed/playhouse out of (mostly) plywood. The plywood I bought is not the best stuff, definitely no veneer. The smoother face is still pretty splintery. In hindsight I wish I had ...
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Best way to fix excess stain on hard wood floor? Or just poly it?

I stained our hardwood floors one week ago and have let it dry but unfortunately all of it wasn't absorbed. I didn't notice the excess until a few days after I let it dry, and it's quite noticeable: ...
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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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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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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?
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Can I use 6“ hook and loop disks with a 5” sander?

A friend just gave me over a hundred 6" flat hook and loop disks. The only problem is, I've got a 5" orbital sander with dust collection which uses perforated sanding disks. Can I use these together ...
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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...
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Is an orbit sander preferable over a belt sander for tabletops?

Since I will be using a sander rather infrequently, I figured I'd save myself collecting more hardware by buying just a (portable) belt sander and using it for both serious sanding (areas on floors ...
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Proper machine tool for sanding metal frame

I have now laid bare a metal frame by following advise in a previous answer. Now I want to remove its white paint coating. I've briefly tried manual sanding (with P180 sandpaper), but this promises ...
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Should we sand a fence to restain it with a solid stain?

We have a fence made of pressure treated lumber and stained with a solid stain. If we want to restain it with the same stain just to freshen it, should we sand it? Or power wash it? or both? - the ...
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Termite leaving sand on wall

We have termites problem in our house. And its getting worse day by day. We keep cleaning the wall everyday but still the problem of this sand termite exist. Please if anyone know how to keep them ...
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Sanding a Home Depot Stair Tread

I purchased a stair tread from Home Depot that I wanted to use as a window sill. I think it's red oak. I stained several already and the stain didn't come out as nicely as I would have hoped. There ...
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how to sand-plaster a plaster wall without spreading plaster dust everywhere?

I have the following wall I need to sand . Issue is the wall is made of plaster. Is there a way to sand it without spreading plaster dust all over my kitchen, please? Thanks.
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How to sand, stain and seal wood filler in a knothole

I have this knot hole in the floor: I want to fill it with wood filler and then sand, stain and seal it. I have a few questions though: How do I find out what sealant was used before? I assume it ...
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How would you create a high gloss finish on furniture?

From a smooth lacquered finish like this: To a high gloss like this: How would I get create a finish like the picture above when starting with a smooth lacquer finished piece of furniture (i.e. IKEA ...
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What sandpaper grit should I use between coats of varnish?

I have just varnished pine furniture and due to my complete beginner skills, I did not paint it correctly. (I went over my previous strokes after the varnish was tacky and it now has a rough finish.) ...
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Sanding between boards for smooth finish

I was following the guide at http://www.familyhandyman.com/walls/how-to-build-a-wainscoted-wall/view-all Basically, my issue is that the vertical stiles don't match up exactly with the horizontal ...