Folding Trick Makes Sandpaper Last Longer
Roe Osborn, from Harwich, Massachusetts writes:
To make the most efficient use of sandpaper, fold a standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet in half in both directions with the abrasive side facing out. With a sharp utility knife, cut outward from the center on any one of the four fold lines. Now fold up the sheet of sandpaper so that the resulting shape is 1/4 of a sheet. The folded sheet you’re left with fits your hand better, the four plys are easier to hold onto, no abrasive surface is rubbing on another, and when you’ve worn out the two outside surfaces, fold them into the center and you have two fresh surfaces to work with. Also, if you use a 1/4-sheet vibrating pad sander, you can always zip one of the four sections off and fold up the rest.
Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller’s. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular contributors in the near future.
More great tips:
Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim
Attention all tipsters!
We’re looking for any smart idea that would make a great There’s a Better Way Video or that could be featured in the Tips & Techniques department in Fine Homebuilding magazine.
We pay for any tips that get published
Plus, browse 30 years of great ideas in our Reader Tips department.