OK, generally speaking, should I sand with or across the joints?
I'm using a 100 watt flood light with all other lights turned off and
holding it up against the ceiling so it shines across the ceiling. That
makes the imperfections stand out!
There is no grain direction to joint compound so it doesn't matter.
As you taping skills improve you'll find you'll end up sanding less
and less. I've basically given up sanding - too messy and generally
too annoying. I prefer to follow up with another pass with a wet
It might seem a bit spendy at $400 but .......
My buddy has one and I can assure you that 5 minutes of hand sanding
will generate more dust than the PC sander misses in HOURS of sanding.
Or course if your mudding decent you won't be sanding much. My
mudding isn't so good but with the PC sander I don't have to worry.
I doubt "pros" use them much, they are much better at mudding.
The unit is well balanced and using it is way less effort than pole
For someone with poor mudding skills
Don't over do the "search for imperfections"....get someone to spray
on some texture.
I've used one, and if you have a stairwell to do, or a cathedral
ceiling, they are the nuts. But for a standard 8' ceiling you can
save $375 with one of these-
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Still no dust-- and not that much effort.
2-300 watts won't hurt-- But the main thing is, be sure it is your
only source of light. cover the windows if you're working in the
Even better for the DIY crowd is this Magna Sand $28 outfit fro
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Used one for many projects, works like a charm. Needs a decent shop
vacuum and a shot of Pam cooking spray in the bucket to keep down the
foam that some drywall compounds produce. The dust reduction is
dramatic if you've never used one before. Might even be possible to do
away with dust mask and plastic curtains in some cases. Magna Sand
even has pole sanders.
The group has certainly given the standard range of answers. Some of them
are off their meds for the Holidays.
With the joint in most cases. You do not want to tear the wallboard paper
which you risk doing if you sand across the joint.
Natural light is best. A bright light on the floor or up at an oblique
angle is second best. The way you are doing it by holding it close you will
still be there at the end of the world.
Keep in mind that almost no drywall job is perfect. Once you think you are
done or tired. Run a damp sponge mop over the area. The wet will show you
what you missed. Mark those with a pencil and sand some more when it dries.
Much easier than sanding the primer coat. :)
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Yes, I got lot's of answers, but only a few answers to my question.
Still, the other advice is appreciated.
LOL! Yes I'm not trying to make it perfect, but the light is the
easiest way to see the joints that are really bad. I just don't want it
to look as bad as the last mud job I did!
Also the 12, four foot double florescent lamp fixtures will be hanging
about 1 foot from the ceiling, so those lights aren't going to show many
mistakes above them. I'm actually really curious how much better this
will look than the last job I did in my old house, and damn it, it
better look better!
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