Why oh why, does everything go wrong when there is a time crunch? Before donating some old porch boards for a Christmas craft we were making at church the next day, they had to be sanded to avoid splinters. You can see above that the sand paper kept ripping and tearing apart! Panic! I simply do not have time to go get additional sandpaper. So, I ask myself, “What do I have here that might hold this sandpaper together?”
The first thing that popped into my head was Duck Tape. I know Duck Tape can repair a lot of things, but sandpaper?
Might as well try it…
So I find pieces of the torn sand paper to put back together and taped them as such…
Then I place it back on the hand sander and I am in full fledged shock that it actually works!
Here’s what it looks like on the other side back on the sander.
Now I can go back to sanding and really extend the life of my sandpaper as well as finish this project.
I goggled fixing paper with Duck Tape and found a You Tube video where a guy demonstrates how to extend the life of your sandpaper by Duct Taping prior to usage. He explains that it is the paper backing tearing before the sandpaper wears out. So, for the remainder of the project, I did what he suggested and ran a long piece of duct down the back of my sandpaper. It worked like a charm.
Remember good ole Duck Tape when you find yourself on your last piece of sandpaper and needing to finish a project!