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    Random orbital drywall sander?

    Anyone use a random orbital sander on drywall? Is this a bad idea? What grit disc should I use? I have not seen that they make drywall discs for a random orbital sander which is why I was thinking that maybe there was a flaw with my plan. TIA. Phil

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    RE: Random orbital drywall sander?

    I have used the ROS to sand drywall. Not the ideal way to sand. Dust will go everywhere. I hook mine to my shop vac, and that works ok but the filter clogs very quick. My sil said he used his vac with a bucket of water between the sander and vac. Claims it did good job. The drywall guy who did our family room had a sander on a wand that had rubber seal around sanding head. Hooked to large vac and created very little dust.
    Brian

    Wish I knew then what I know now.

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    RE: Random orbital drywall sander?

    Phil,

    Go to the rental area of your local BORG Orange. They can rent a Porter Cable drywall sander and vacuum...

    David L. Velleux
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    RE: Random orbital drywall sander?

    Ditto on the dust isssue.

    Another problem is how easy it is to sand a burred surface on the paper face of the wallboard. These get really prickly when paint is applied and necessitate additional surface repair.

    art

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    RE: Random orbital drywall sander?

    I was using the hand sanding pad with the drywall sanding screen and that usualy works very well and fast, but it was making me tired and dropping a lot of dust so I decided to use my ROS. I used my Festool ETS 125 with Crysal 100G paper and vacuum. Not only did it work super fast it did so with NO dust. I love that sander / vacuum combination.

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