Sanding walls or ceilings can be a tiring job without a pole sander. But if this isn’t a job you perform often, the expense of buying the tool may be hard to justify. Here’s an idea to create a substitute using an ordinary sponge mop. Remove the sponge by unscrewing the retaining nuts on the back of the mop. Wrap a piece of sandpaper around the sponge (it’s best for it to be dry) punching holes in the sand paper to go over the retaining screws. Now reattach the sponge head and your mop is a pole sander.

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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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