How to Attach Sandpaper to a Pole Sander

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How to Attach Sandpaper to a Pole Sander
Any grade of sandpaper can easily be attached to a pole sander. (sandpapier image by Thomas Aumann from

You can create a smoother more even surface finish by using a pole sander on walls and ceilings. Designed to hold sandpaper on a swivel head connected to a extension pole, a pole sander makes it easier for sandpaper to reach high and out-of-reach locations. Removing excess compound around fasteners and smoothing drywall seams is a typical use of a pole sander.

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Things you need

  • Universal swivel head
  • Extension pole
  • Sand paper
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut the sandpaper to the size of your universal swivel head.

  2. 2

    Press and open the two heavy duty spring-loaded clamps located at either end of your swivel head. Slide your sandpaper piece into place. Close the clamps. The sandpaper should not slip when you close the clamps.

  3. 3

    Connect the extension pole to your universal swivel head and lock it into place.

  4. 4

    Begin sanding. Replace the sandpaper with a new piece the moment you notice you have lost effectiveness with your current sandpaper sheet.

Tips and warnings

  • Pole sanders extension rods If you do a lot of sanding, consider purchasing a pole sander with a vacuum attached to suck up the dust particles.
  • Strain on your arms and back increases when using a sandpaper pole sander.
  • Some sanders do not have anti-flip built in so your universal swivel head can flip over and damage your wall, ceilings or furniture.

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