For anyone that has bought an old house, you’ll probably agree that a lot of work is needed to be done in order in to make your dream home, a reality. Of course, this isn’t going to happen overnight, and depending on the state of your property, it could take months, or even a year to get your house into tip-top shape.
If you have bought a house that has already seen some sort of revamping taken place, then great! However, it is more than likely that there will be a room that you won’t quite enjoy the look of – the walls are a horrid colour and the carpet is vulgar and worn through.
Typically, with old Victorian terraced houses, the walls will need plastering, or sanding and smoothing. Which brings me to my main point…Detail sanders.
Believe it or not, but a detail sander will be one of your most used tools when working on your home.
Wood flooring, banisters, walls, ceilings and skirting boards are all common features that can require the use of a detail sander. Best of all, detail sanders are easy-to use and are relatively cheap.
But, in what scenario would you use one?
A good example would be in a bathroom. Such a room can be quite difficult to maintain; mould can appear and paint can start to flake. As well as this, the dampness from the room can affect the paint on the ceiling, causing bubbles to appear.
Now, unless for some strange reason you like this effect, the best way to get rid of this is to use a sander. Ideally, it is best to use a multi-sander or a palm sander for ceilings and not the triangle detail sander, mainly because they have a larger surface area and therefor can get the job done quicker.
Removing, bumps in walls and ceilings is one advantage of using a detail sander, but another one would be for removing paint.
Say for example you have wooden bannister on your first-floor and you didn’t like the colour, because it doesn’t match the colours of your walls. By using a detail sander, you can get rid of the unwanted paint. You can use either a palm sander or a triangular sander to complete this type of work. Ideally using the smaller, triangular sander for the bannister railings to get into positions that larger sanders cannot get into.
A detail sander not only removes the paint, but can also smooth the bannister too.
One more reason why you will need a detail sander is for your walls. Assuming you have an old house, or you want to smooth the wall, the best way would be to use a detail sander. I mean, you could use a piece of sand paper and do it manually, but I think you will soon give-up due to boredom.
If you are planning on getting your walls plastered, then it will be essential to purchase a detail sander in order to get a smooth wall, before you start painting. You can smooth the plaster as much as you want with a trowel, but the likelihood is that it might be rough in a few places, so get a sander to apply the finishing touches.
Sounds easy? Okay! But, don’t forget healthy and safety. Never touch the bottom the sander whilst it is on, as this will hurt. Do not attempt either to replace your nail file with a detail sander either…Bad idea!
Do, however, replace the sand paper when the tool is switched off. Replacing worn sandpaper whilst it is still on is not a wise idea as you can imagine. Also, don’t forget to also invest in a box of dust respirators. Whilst sanding, you will produce a heck of a lot of dust, which you do not want to inhale, especially if you have breathing difficulties such as asthma. If you can, open a window to allow the dust blow outside, and if you can, protect your house with dust sheets, where possible.
Detail sanders can emit a lot of noise, so it would be wise to purchase a pair of ear defenders or ear plugs.
As well as protecting your hearing, they can also prevent dust from getting inside your ears too.
So, if you have a major DIY project on the cards, then don’t forget to buy a sander, as it will most likely come in handy in your DIY adventures. Not only that, but you can pick up a top model for approximately £20-30. You will probably look to pay more for a cordless model (£60-70). Convenient as they might be, but whether they are as powerful is another thing.