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Floor Sander - Keep Your Floor Smooth
In order to find the most suitable kind of floor sander for the project that you wish to accomplish, sometimes it helps to explore the various types that are available. Starting with the smaller variations, the first type of floor sander to look into is the edging sander. These are usually used in tandem with other sanders for larger projects- similar to using edging tools in painting. For those harder to reach areas, you would use this smaller sander in order to get to the corners and other places that drum or orbital sanders would not be able to access.
The drum sander is the type that most people are familiar with. Usually designed with a rotational drum wrapped in paper, a drum sander is useful for large projects and is not readily available for sale. When renting a drum sander, you will also likely receive instruction on what grade paper to use, such as fine, medium and course grains. These are also easy to misjudge and scar up a flooring project, so it is always wise to make sure that you are very careful with use.
This is usually your best choice when it comes to deeply damaged floors, as it can often smooth out cracks and other rough areas and stains. Square pad sanders are also very useful tools. These are generally less powerful than a drum sander, and easier for the do it yourself-er to manage. Though projects using these will generally take a little longer to complete, there is not as much risk of accidentally over sanding. Another option would be an orbital sander, also another great way for those who are redoing their own flooring projects and need the wood stripped down.
An orbital is a sander that will move in a circular way, and can usually be used regardless of the grain. Most of the sanders mentioned here carry some sort of dust bag, which will have to be emptied here and there throughout the process of larger projects. Sanders are all self propelling, and so they take a little getting used to. Making sure that you remain in control of it is definitely important, particularly if you are using a drum sander or similarly high powered device.
For this reason, choosing the larger sanders for flooring projects and keeping the smaller sanders, such as the hand held orbitals and the like for the smaller, furniture and other wood working projects is essential. Choosing not only the correct sander for your project but the correct paper will enable you to create or refinish something beautifully.
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