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Sheetrock and Repair Tips:
Stage 1 - Pole Sanding

The following sheetrock and repair tips cover the same step-by-step sanding routine that I've used for decades:

  • When sanding drywall, develop the habit of pole sanding everything on one wall –before moving to another wall.

  • Always keep the sanding pad on the pole-sander slightly turned
    so that it does not travel in “straight alignment”. This prevents the formation of lines from the edge of the sandpaper.

  • There are two ways to use the pole sander: long, lengthwise strokes as shown below – or short, sideways strokes (useful for sanding upper angles).

Sheetrock and Repair Tips:
Sand the border of wall #1


Start sanding drywall at the bottom of the inside corner. Using lengthwise strokes and working towards the ceiling, sand the edge area.


Continue across the upper angle. Most people prefer the short "up-and-down" strokes for sanding the edge of the upper angles.

Continue down the inside corner at the other end of
wall #1 (as shown below).



Sheetrock and Repair Tips:
Completely sand the flat joints
on wall #1

Start with the edge of each joint, and then sand the center. Be careful on those butt joints. Remember, although they’re referred to as “flat” joints, they’re almost NEVER “flat”! Sand the area over the joint tape lightly.

Sand the fastener heads and LIGHTLY sand the entire field area of wall #1

The “field area” is all of the areas shown that are green. The face paper tends to get “spattered” during texturing and a light sanding effectively removes it.

Proceed to the next wall and use
the exact same routine.

Now you're ready for Stage 2.

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