Power sanders are great for smoothing large surfaces, but for sanding tough areas, a sheet of sandpaper is best. Here's a guide on how to choose the best sandpaper for any project.
All types of sandpaper come in a range of grades, or grits, from coarse to fine. But not all sandpaper is the same — some works better for specific jobs than others.
Drywall sandpaper is used to smooth joint compound between sheets of drywall. It's durable and can withstand rinsing and reusing.
Between-coats sandpaper is used for sanding between coats of paint to ensure a smooth surface.
Surface-removal sandpaper is used specifically for latex paint and has a fine grit.
Aluminum-oxide sandpaper is used for sanding hardwood. When using any kind of sandpaper on wood, sand in the direction of the wood's grain, never across the grain.
Garnet sandpaper is particularly good for smoothing sharp edges in wood. Silicone-carbine paper is generally used to remove varnish from wood. Emery cloth is good for removing rust on metal or dulling the sheen of a piece of metal.
Power Hand-Planer Basics
Handheld planers are designed to smooth the surface of wood. The manual handheld planer is good for smaller projects, but for larger ones, a power planer does the job in a lot less time.
For those tired of swinging a hammer, a pneumatic air nailer may be the answer. Here are a few air nailers that make driving nails faster and more effective.
There's a basic wrench for every job. Here's a short lesson on some of the most common types of wrenches found around a home or workshop.
Levels are used to determine horizontal level and vertical (plumb) alignment. Find out here which level to choose depending on the task.
Choosing the right hammer is essential to protect the work piece, the hammer and the user. Use this guide to see which hammers work best for specific projects.
Circular Saw Basics
From household to heavy-duty models, there are several types of circular saws available to help get the job done.
Learn about the different types of levels and how to use them.
Rotary tools accept a variety of attachments, which enable the handheld tool to be used for sanding, polishing, carving and more. Find out which attachment you need to help get the job done.
Torque wrenches have varying capacities and features to make the job easier. This guide makes it easy to choose the right wrench for any project.
Table saws are versatile and useful tools for any workshop. Use this guide to find the best table saw for any project.
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