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Smooth as a baby's behind ... rough as a ...?
Complete the phrase. A dehydrated camel's tongue? A baked hedgehog? Daniel Craig's stubble? In any case, the wall in our living room was as rough as something extremely rough a few weeks ago. We'd just installed a new fireplace - which is great, but unfortunately the old fireplace was about twelve times the size. It was the kind of furnace that could power an ocean-going vessel, and even after a bit of patching-up, everything looked a bit of a mess.
Enter Sandman. Or, me. Only I needed a sander - and this Black & Decker model was chosen for the job. Mains-powered, it has a head sized around 3x3 inches, and removable sandpapers that are clamped on ready for action. There's also a bag that is designed to extract the considerable amount of dust created while you're working. Other than a simple on-off switch, that's it - there's not much to get wrong here, and it's pretty much fool-proof (although fools usually tend to find a way).
First impressions - it was a whole lot better than sandpaper. I guess that's obvious, but it really does cut through rough surfaces in seconds, and leaves a super-smooth, buffed-down finish. On the flip-side, it also kicks up a staggering amount of dust. Again, it's probably stating the painfully obvious, but you'll want to cover or remove everything that you don't want buried in the stuff. Leave anything uncovered, and you'll be recreating that authentic archaeologist's experience in no time.
The machine's easy to use - it creates a fair old din, but it's fairly lightweight and easy to manouevre, getting in all but the fussiest gaps without too much bother. It certainly did a sound job for us - although I was expecting it to make rather lighter work of some of the bigger bumps than it did. I went through several changes of sandpaper before getting it down to a decent finish.
On that note - the sandpaper is pretty easy to change; there's a little fiddling with the spring-loaded clamps when you need to fix it on, but it's nothing too tricky. It takes perhaps a minute or two to change from one sheet to the next.
If I've got a real gripe, it's with the bag that is supposed to suck up the dust. Granted, it takes a certain amount in, but it's really a fraction of that which is produced; this is messy work, and don't expect too much of the equipment when it comes to keeping things clean.
All in all, then, this is a decent piece of kit that really helps you cut some corners and avoid the heavy work of using sandpaper. It's well-designed, pretty straightforward to use, and makes a sizeable difference to your work. Just watch that dust.
My entire house is now as smooth as a baby's butt. Destruction of the Raynor house Part III After owning this sander for 4 weeks, I have systematically sanded every surface in my house, whether it needed it or not. Doors, window frames, skirting boards, you name it - it's smooth. How can I describe a sander, and make it seem exciting? Simple fact - I can't. A sander is a small household electrical power tool used for rendering surfaces smooth - as simple as that, no more, no less, and there is not really anything sexy about it. The sander has 4 interchangeable modes dependent on the surface you are working on. This allows you to perform detailed sanding on window frames and banister rods through to large area sanding on floor boards, walls and ceilings. It is a simple mechanism to change sanding modes with a snap-fit lock and a small screw action. The sanding sheets are also incredibly to change, being attached by velcro - simply rip off and attach another. Even the detail sanding sheets which are only about one inch across attach firmly with a simple velcro fitting. Sanding itself is very easy, as the sander has a variable speed setting suitable for any surface, and little pressure is needed to achieve the desired effect. There is only a small amount of vibration feedback (although this could be a negative point to some!) and the result of this is that you can continue working for much longer periods without having to take a break to rest your arms. Another great feature is the inbuilt braking system which will prevent gouging if uneven pressure is applied. This allows you to put more effort into what you are actually doing rather than how you are doing it. There is a small dust collection bag at the back, but this is only of use when detail sanding, as it cannot pull in a large amount of the dust. You can connect a vacuum cleaner, but this makes operation very unwieldy. I found the
best option to be for my wife to follow me around (particularly whilst doing the ceiling) holding the nozzle of the vacuum next to the sander. This left very little mess, and also eliminated the requirement for me to work with a 20lb vac strapped to my back! As I said earlier, nothing to get excited about. But somehow, I was grabbed by the thrill of it. Once I had done a door, I felt an addictive pull towards the next item, and so on. I felt like a cross between a pyromaniac with his first match box, and Jack Nicholson in the Shining. The sander was my axe and I was maniacally 'destroying ' everything in my path. (For those of you who have read any of my previous DIY chronicles, this mood was exactly the same as the ones brought about by my new jack-hammer, and jigsaw). I hope it isn't just me who gets a bit insane with tools, as it is a great feeling that I wish you could all share. As a sander, this was by far the most expensive in Argos, but easily the most versatile. It is quite expensive for a domestic tool (although mine was paid for by Regal Focus points - who says smoking is expensive?) although its durability and flexibility will surely make it worthwile over the years. It is more than capable of doing every job required of it, so if you need any sanding then it will make sense to go with this one.
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream (bung, bung, bung, bung) Make it a sander like I’ve ever seen (bung, bung, bung, bung) Some people dream of lazing on a sunny idyllic island, or owning a gorgeous sports car, or winning the lottery, or even world peace. Your humble narrator 'The Chubster' wakes in the middle of the night with over-excitment through dreams of labour saving devices. And believe me when I say that the B&D orbital job is a dream indeed for a lazy big so-and-so like me :-) Okily dokily my fellow dooyoosers I know you are really itching to get right down to business here and see the sexy specifications for this miracle of modern DIY science. Here we go now, hold onto the edge of your seat as I take you on a journey to orbital sanding heaven and back again. Manufacturer: Black & Decker Model: #RO100 Power: 2.0 amps Orbits/Min: 12,000 Price: (see further down) (next part unashamedly snaffled from the B&D website) * Ergonomic palm grip design with dual gripping area sprovides added comfort and control * Built-in pad brake prevents gouging * 5" 8-hole Velcro paper attachment system provides for fast, easy and reusable paper changes * Built-in 2 way dust collection system (bag or vacuum) for a cleaner work environment *Powerful high performance motor reduces vibration and extends tool life * Internally and externally dust sealed switch for extended product life (end of snaffle) Stop, rewind to the price bit for a sec. Well, between you and me I don't actually know how much these cost new. You see, I 'aquired' this from my mate [lets call him 'Steve because that is really his name]. Steve swears that it was straight up, bankrupt stock, it wasn't him guv'nor, and I believe him ["chuckle from the Chubster"]. You'll be wanting to know a bit about why I chose this particular sander dear reader. Well actually I
needed a sander and Steve had one, so the dirty deed was done and a deal struck. Of far more importance is 'is it any bleedin good?'. Well in a word YEAH. I used it to sand a banister and the lounge skirting board and the whole job was finito in less that an hour, even although I am partial to the occasional snack while I work. This baby purrs like it is on 'Top Gear' [what I mean is that it doesn't make much noise], it has a little dust bag at the back to collect all that nasty irritant dusty particle stuff, and even the sanding sheets last for ages and ages and ages ad infinitum. It is comfortable to hold and it has the added bonus of having a slight vibrating motion, so if you wrap the flex around your middle you can use it as a slimming aid [warning - don't try this at home. The Chubster is a professional slimmer (!) and is fully trained in all vibratory slimming techniques]. Well, that's about all I can really say about a sander. I would say 'BUY IT NOW' but that just looks so naff at the end of a dooyoo review. Oh my, I just said it, doh! Ah, and one last thing. My mate Steve says he still has eight score of these to get rid of, if you want one you can mail him at email@example.com [Chubs 2001]
The fire surrounds in my house were painted in white gloss,before I moved in a few years ago. Over the years I often wondered what was underneath that boring paint.Recently curiousity got the better of me and I decided that I was going to remove the old paint. I began with a hand held paint stripper,but soon began to realise that this wasnt going to be an easy job.There must have been at least six coats of paint to chip through,I had blisters within three hours. A trip to Argos saved the day. I came home with a Black And Decker cd-400 orbital sander to try on this mamouth job. And boy did this do the trick !!! Its a basic model,ideal for flat surfaces. But my fire surround has got some detailed bits,so I just tilted the sander slightly to sand in between them,I did need to have a firm grip as the sander tended to slip while doing this. This sander came with a dust extraction bag which fits on the back,this cuts down most of the dust which usually makes me sneeze.The instruction manual was very clear to follow.The sander is 135 watts,sorry but that doesnt mean much to me,maybe it will to you. Starting off with the roughest grain sand paper,I couldnt believe the speed it took the paint off.I then used the finest sand paper which left it super smooth.Sanding sheets can be bought from most DIY outlets about five sheets for £3-4. Lastly some Dutch oil was rubbed in to the bare wood and the end result was I now have an oak fire surround to be proud of. I would say that this sander at least halved the time I would have had to spend doing the job by hand. I did find it rather noisy and it only came with one sanding sheet,which was a bit skimpy.But it does do the job. It didnt cost an arm and a leg either at £17.50.It also comes with a two year guarantee.
The black and Decker orbital sander is an excellent little tool. This not only comes with a 3 years warranty and excellent crafts man ship but is now cheaper than the other models, which offer the same tool. This tool is very good at getting in those hard to get corners as it is designed a special way. This strongly made and is also attractive to look at it comes with a variable speed button. This is an alround good tool.
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