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11:25AM | 03/19/99
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I have a wall in my basement that is covered in wallboard. I intend to remove it and either paint or put up wallpaper. There are some areas behind the wallboard that require some filling. It seems the previous owner cut a long horizontal hole in the existing drywall (near the floor) in order to install speaker wires and then covered the wall with the wallboard to conceal his handywork. After I have filled the holes, how much sanding is required, assuming my patchwork is done correctly? Should I use an electric sander? If so what type is required? There are so many on the market from belt sanders to those small handheld ones. Please advise!

DR HOME

12:13PM | 03/19/99
You have been watching too much Tool Time. This isone time that more power is not good. With an electric sander you will sand right through the drywall. With patching you have to use good old elbow grease. You can go to any hardware store and purchase a dywall sanding block that holds the sanding paper in place, or you can use a block of wood and wrap the sandpaper around it. Plaster and joint compound are soft applications and easy to sand. You want the finish to be as smooth and flat as the surrounding area, thus the block of wood to help avoid dips and bumps. Remember that paint and wallpaper will show every imperfection, so take your time and end up with a professional look, unless you admire the previous owners handiwork.......
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