Orbital Sander Reviews

If you have some sanding to do around your home then an orbital sander can be a very good buy. They work well on small jobs or even on the finishing of floors after the drum sanding is done.

The orbital sanders provide a smoother finish then if you were using a belt or flat sander. From my experience the flat sanders will leave some swirl marks on the wood, which you often have to sand out by hand.

Belt sanders are ok but do not always leave the wood as smooth as it should be.

One thing about the orbital sanders is that they are easy to change the sanding paper, with the hook and loop system just pull the used one off and paste the new one on.

Most orbital sanders will produce quite a bit of dust, so when applying your sandpaper to the disc be sure to match up with the dust holes on the bottom of the pad.

Makita

Probably one of the best orbital sanders is the Makita B05041K, which is a five inch model and weighs about 3.1 pounds.

With its rubberised grip the amount of vibration you feel when sanding is much less in comparison to other orbital sanders.

Makita designed a handle for the front of this sander which gives you more control, plus the handle can be adjusted if your sanding in tight corners.

It also has a variable speed control, which is a great idea as you can control the speed from four thousand to twelve thousand orbits per minute.

With the 3 amp motor there is enough power for most of your sanding jobs around the home.

So if your looking for one of the best in orbital sanders then this is it.

As I have owned different Makita tools from drills to saws, etc. I can say that they are made to last.

Makita Cordless Orbital Sander

Makita also makes a cordless orbital sander, the LX0B01Z, which uses an eighteen volt lithium ion battery for its power source.

It will last about forty minutes on low speed and twenty minutes on high, before needing to be recharged, having another battery is the best way to go.

Also has a one touch speed control for three different speeds,1000,4500,11,000, and also a dust sealed switch for protection.

The sanding pad is a five inch hook and loop design, and the kit for this sander supplies two batteries and the charger plus the dust bag.

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Bosch

The Bosch 3725DEVS random orbital sander is also a very high quality tool. With a 3.3 amp motor that give it a little extra power.

It also comes equipped with a speed control for sanding from four thousand to twelve thousand orbits per minute.

This sander is one of the heavier at 5.1 pounds as most are in the three to four pound range, but with an extra handle on the front makes it easy to control.

To reduce swirl marks on the wood being sanded there is a dampening ring built into it. This basically controls the pressure and speed that the pad spins at when making contact with the wood.

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Dewalt

orbital sander reviews

The Dewalt DWE6421K is a five inch and 3.4 pound orbital sander

This model will also sand up to twelve thousand orbits per minute but does not have the variable speed control

Like the other sanders it has a dust collector attached to it.

It is also designed to keep dust out of all critical areas, so should be able to last a long time.

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Ryobi P411

The Ryobi P411 one is an eighteen volt cordless battery operated random orbital sander.

This one weighs in at three pounds and has a five inch sanding pad that gives out ten thousand orbits per minute, and also equipped with the dust bag.

The one con about this sander is you have to buy the battery and charger separate. If you happen to own Ryobi cordless products then the batteries from them are interchangeable with this sander.

If used for light sanding work then this is an excellent tool.

Porter Cable

The Porter Cable 382 is another orbital sander of excellent quality.

It is designed so that dust does not get to the 1.9 amp motor, or into the sealed power switch, so it should last a long time.

With an automatic speed control for starting to sand and slowing down, so you don’t get swirl marks on the wood.

This model has less vibration then some others, thus making it easier to use over a longer period of time.

It will spin up to twelve thousand orbits per minute, so for light to medium sanding it is an excellent choice.

Black and Decker

The Black and Decker model BDER0100 orbital sander is more for light sanding jobs.

Weighing only 3.16 pounds it is one of the lightest sanders, so this makes it very easy to control.

It will spin up to twelve thousand orbits per minute and with the random orbital motion it does leave a good finish on the wood.

This is not too expensive a sander and is good enough for any small sanding around your home.

Mastercraft

Mastercraft makes a random orbital sander model number 054-8392-0.

This is another sander designed for light work with a five inch sanding pad, and the hook and loop system for attaching the sand paper.

It weighs two pounds ten ounces so is very light to handle, and for best results just apply light pressure while sanding.

It does not have a variable speed control so best to start the sander after you have placed it on the wood.

For light duty work and a low price tag this sander works quite well, as I have used one of these to do two church doors, and it did an excellent job.Church doors

Milwaukee

The Milwaukee five inch  random orbital sander model is 6021-21.

It has a 3.0 amp permanent magnet motor producing excellent speed and power.

This model also comes with the variable speed dial controlling the seven to twelve thousand orbits per minute.

With an electronic soft start there is less wear on its parts, and very little swirl marks so it will produce a smooth finish.

The design adds control and comfort to the sander, and with a weight of 3.3 pounds makes it very easy to use.

With a five year warranty this model should last you a while.

Speed of Sanders

The speed that the sanding pad moves is rated as orbits per minute OPM because the pad is oscillating in a random motion as well as spinning.

Also there are some sanders that spin only on a fixed axis and these are measured in revolutions per minute RPM.

When the sander is on the wood to be sanded it will slow down from what it is rated at.

Power Rating

The power rating of these random orbital sanders is usually in the range of 2.5 to 3.3 amps.

Some of these with a stronger motor may actually orbit and spin at a slower rate then others, so that’s something to check out when buying.

Warranty

The warranty on most orbital sanders is from 1 to 3 years and some up to five years, so there usually made to last for awhile.

Buying

Most hardware stores will sell the orbital sanders, Canadian Tire has different models to choose from so you look and see how they feel.

They also can be bought online, Amazon will have many different brands of them to choose from, and also with customer reviews to help in your choice to purchase.

And often the online stores will have a more competitive pricing then your local hardware stores.

Usage

For most people the choice of an orbital sander will depend on the job you will be using it on most of the time.

If your going to use one at different jobs you do such as sanding a floor after drum sanding then a better quality sander would be the best choice.

And if only doing light sanding around your home a less expensive model will be ok.

Also try to chose a sander that’s comfortable to hold, because if your using it for an extended length of time your hands and wrists can get a little sore.

Conclusion

If you have the urge to buy a random orbital sander then Amazon is an excellent place to look for one.

They sell the top end models and the not so expensive models.

Usually you get what you pay for, so often a better rated model will be the best buy.

Having a variable speed model is also a bonus as the sanding speed can determine just how smooth your sanding job will end up looking.

One of the top rated is the Makita B05041K model, designed to do your jobs and last, as well as being one of the best in overall performance.

Any questions or comments then drop me a note,

Wayne.

 

 

 

Painting a Tin Roof

If you get the opportunity for painting a tin roof you can give it a try, or leave it to the professionals.

Getting Roof Ready

When working on a roof always be careful as a slip or wrong step can lead to a lot of hurting.

If your roof is rusty with old paint peeling off, then it should be scraped first. A wire brush and paint scraper works well for this.

Its a slow process and I have seen pressure washers  used also, but in the end there always seems to be scraping by hand to do.

Roofing Screws

Also when your scraping carry a hammer and drill along for any loose nails to replace them with the roofing screws.

If you see the tin is loose then it is often better to put screws in, and also where the tin overlaps. This will help anything from becoming loose in the future.

Cleaning the Roof

Once you have the roof scraped, then its a must to sweep and wash the dirt and dust off before beginning to paint. Pressure washer or garden hose will work well.

Paint

Some paints recommend a primer before the top coat, while others don’t require it. Other paints will recommend two coats for best results.

The one thing when picking up paint for your roof is to always search for the best quality as you don’t wont to be redoing it in a couple years from now.

Ways to Paint Your Roof

The next thing is how you wont to paint your roof, spray it on or use a brush or roller.

I have seen some spray painting done on roofs that were not very good quality, and some that were excellent. So would recommend if your having it sprayed to do your homework first on this subject.

Paint Brush

If you decide to go with a paint brush then it will certainly take longer then the spray painting, but will most likely be a good job also, and last a long time.

A four or three inch brush will work well for this.

A Fluffy Paint Roller

Another thing you could try is using a fluffy paint roller to do the roof, if it is fairly straight going. Having tried this and to my own surprise it worked quite well.

For this is best to work off scaffolding if using a roller, and also to have a long expanding paint pole. With the thick roller is quite easy to get a good paint coverage on the ridges of the tin.

It will take about half the time to put on in comparison to using a brush, plus moving the scaffolding also.

Ropes

If your using a brush you can use a roof ladder or climbing harness with good ropes to tie you on with. If the roof is not to steep then the climbing harness and a good rope work very well.

Painting a tin roof

Being Careful

Once again would like to mention always be careful and work safe on a roof.

Tie up your ropes to something solid like a tree, car, or truck as it can get real exciting sliding off a roof on a ladder with a paint can in your hand.

If you try this project out your roof should look real good when finished, be careful, have fun and enjoy the view.

Any comments are always appreciated,

Wayne.

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Furring Strips for Drywall

Getting a Room Ready For Drywall

If your stripping a room with one by three furring strips for drywall, they are usually placed at sixteen inch centers. Also making sure the last one at the four foot mark is centered.Furring Strips for Drywall

Sloped Ceilings

Many of the old farm houses will have sloped ceilings. If you wont to install a light in your ceiling, then just run a two by six  across the center of the ceiling.

This then gives you a place to anchor your light box so it wont be sitting on an angle in the ceiling.

This also gives strong support if in the future a ceiling fan would be installed.Furring Strips for Drywall

Closet Space

With the sloped ceilings in the room there is very little space to build a closet, so what I have done in this situation is at the three foot level on the slopes you can build either three levels of drawers, or put in shelves.

The drawer idea requires a lot of work to make, as it means making a frame work for the drawers where the drawer slides will run, and plywood for the drawers themselves with a face of pine or any type of wood you prefer.

Once finished will look great and give lots of room for storing clothes or anything else.

The shelf idea is quicker to make, just cut a piece of three quarter plywood, and fit it in at the height you wont. Or you can even go for drawers and shelves.

So at the same time that your doing the stripping you can take these things into account for what you wont to have for a closet space.Drawers for sloped ceiling

Electrical

Also as your doing the stripping you will wont to mark where you wont the electrical outlets in your room. Best to install the boxes for that, plus the wiring before the insulation is put in.

The electrical boxes are attaches with screws , and flush to where the drywall will be. The wiring is usually put through the two by sixes or two by fours that the walls were originaly built with drilling holes through these for the wire to pass through.

A Brick Wall

One wall  in this bedroom was the original brick of the old farm house, so in order to strip over it you can nail a two by four unto the floor at the bottom.

Then at the ceiling  another two by four is nailed to the rafters. In this case with the room being small the two by fours were nailed on there flat in order to give more room on the stairwell.

After the other two by fours are in place then the one by three furring strips  are added every sixteen inches up the wall for the drywall.Stripping over a brick wall

Insulation

Once you have all the stripping put on and the electrical boxes for plugs in place then next would be your insulation.

Many people today are having the foam sprayed in, and it does give an excellent insulation and no air leaks.

Over the years I have seen when the fiberglass insulation is installed in walls and ceilings the mice and squirrels will tear it apart for there nest, leaving your walls and ceilings rather poorly insulated, just something to think about.

Windows

If you have any windows in the room be sure to add the furring strips all the way around the window, so it gives you a place to nail your window trim to.Furring strips around a window

Drywall Joints

Also when installing your drywall on a ceiling it is a good idea to put short pieces of the one by three furring strips between the sixteen inch strips where the joints in the drywall meet.

I have had to patch  quite a few ceilings because of cracks showing up where the joints are and this is most often the cause.

Repairing Ceiling and Wall Cracks

If you ever have to repair any of these cracks that appear in the ceilings and walls just take a knife and cut a v  where the crack is , then tape it and apply a coat of a product called Durabond 90 which prevents cracks from appearing again. It takes about an hour and a half to dry then smooth over with joint filler and a light sanding when dry and your ready for primer paint and a top coat.

I have also used the durabond to patch dog and cat scratches on the wood work beside doors, it seems to work really well for this also.

Tools

For all the cutting of the furring strips and two by fours am still using a Makita circular saw seven and a quarter inch, as its one of those tools that just keeps on running. Highly recommended if your ever looking for a saw.  Makita saw

Ideas

Well I hope this gives you a few ideas on installing  the one by three furring strips before you get prepared to put the drywall on.

Any comments just drop me a note

Wayne.