Field test of 6-inch random orbit sanders

Tested: 6-Inch Random Orbit Sanders

Sanding is boring—and a lot of work. Depending on the project, you might be attached to a vibrating, dust-generating machine for hours on end. But it’s so important to success on certain projects—furniture and wood floor repair, paint prep—that once I get started, it becomes (sort of) fun.

man on ladder

The Right Ladder

One of the oldest tools ever invented, a ladder is an old-house essential. To be safe, choose one that suits the job and is sturdy enough.

Modern utility vacuums come in many shapes and sizes, and with increasingly sophisticated abilities. HEPA models, like this one from Delta, are capable of lifting extremely fine particles and are well-suited for lead abatement jobs.

The Dirt on Wet-Dry Vacs

You need more than your trusty Electrolux to tackle shop duty. Fortunately, today's utility vacuums are equipped with more features than ever before.

Products of the Week

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Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.

Rubio Monocoat

RUBIO MONOCOAT

Rubio® Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is a revolutionary, plant-based, hardwax oil wood finish. One layer colors (if desired) and protects your wood. The unique technology forms a molecular bond with the wood fibers resulting in a durable, water-resistant finish, that keeps the natural look and feel of the wood. Available in 50+ standard colors.