DIY Pole Sander
Posted Mar 25th 2014 | By:
Sanding can be a strenuous job, especially when you have a lot of if to be done in hard to reach places. Power sanders can be handy depending on the location you need to use them and if they are able to function in such a space, but in a lot of cases a pole sander is necessary. The question that remains is whether or not it is worth the expense of purchasing a pole sander that you may only use once or twice before sticking it in the garage to collect dust and be forgotten about. The answer to this may be yes, or it might be possible to simply create your own pole sander of sorts to tackle the tasks you have at hand.
Although mops have changed quite a bit in recent years, traditional mops with sponge heads still exist. Chances are good that you have an old mop lying around somewhere, probably even in the same location where your pole sander would go to collect dust after you were done with it. If you are able to drum up a traditional mop with a rectangular sponge head, the good news is that mop can be transformed into a makeshift pole sander.
Start by removing the pieces on the back of the mop head that hold the sponge in place. Your goal here is to take the sponge completely off. Once you have the sponge in hand, you will need to wrap a full sized sheet of sandpaper around the sponge. On the back of the sponge will be two screws and you want to use these screws to anchor the sandpaper. Align the end of the sandpaper with the mop edge and push the paper down over the screws, then wrap the sandpaper snuggly around the sponge and when the excess again passes over the screws, push them through the sandpaper once again. Take your sponge and reattach it to the mop handle and your makeshift pole sander has been born.
It goes without saying that you will need a dry mop to complete this project. To use a wet one would make your sandpaper useless in a short amount of time which will prevent progress from being made, so be sure to use only a sponge that is 100% dry. Another benefit of a dry sponge is that when dry, sponges become stiff and rigid, which will help give your sandpaper a firm base that will not give or cause uneven pressure application when you use it. With an old mop and a little ingenuity, you can tackle the sanding tasks around your garage and home without letting them tackle you back.
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