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.
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Tools for Surface Preparation
Before painting or wallpapering, you must prepare the surface. Learn more from DIY Network on how commercial products can aid in the process.
DIY experts explain the uses of a plunge router.
This project calculator is a great tool to have around the workshop. It can perform functions ordinary calculators can't -- including converting all dimensions.
Installing Drywall on Ceilings, Arches and Around Curves
Learn how to install drywall in the trickiest, most difficult spaces.
Tips on Choosing Wrenches
Wrenches are basic tools for every workshop, and different kinds are designed for specific jobs. Here are some tips for choosing the right wrench.
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.
Ultimate Gardening Tools
Horticulturist and landscaping expert Hunter Stubbs discusses some of the tools that are necessary for creating the ultimate garden workshop.
Host David Thiel explains what to look for when buying a pneumatic nailer.
Recommendations for safely operating a jackhammer.
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