Dewalt Random Orbital Sanders DW421 and D26451K

It has been 15 years since I bought my Dewalt DW421 sander, and yes it is still going, remodeling and woodworking is my profession, so this is not week end warrior stuff on this great little machine, it is steady use when needed, and has done a great job for me, although I must admit it could die at anytime, and yet it keeps on going.

Take a look;

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This model 421 is a 8 hole hook and loop 2 amp sander that may be living on borrowed time, that’s a good thing for me, but the point being, it has done well for me and for the money has served me well.  Evidently this mini marvel is still out there, the only thing different is the dust catcher, which on this model used to be a molded (porous) plastic. However this model, my ole faithful, has been discontinued by Dewalt.

Now for the newer big brother

Why have a 2 amp machine when you can have a 3 amp newer machine for pretty much the same price. I picked up my friends 3 amp D26451 and was amazed by what I was missing, I figured same tool, but no, what a difference, more aggressive, more power with the same feel and weight as the older 421. I am now convinced I need the newer one.

Whether you need 60 grit for fast aggressive grinding, or 150 grit for finishing, these sanders along with the other great Dewalt tools, in my opinion and experience have the best quality for the money. My Dewalt circular saw and reciprocating saw were purchased about the same time (96′-97′) as the DW421 sander and are also still going strong, I depend on them everyday.


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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - February 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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Silver, The Cheaper Hedge In Tough Economic Times

Silver Vs. Gold, The Dilemma

As I ponder the state of the economy and think about on how to best prepare for the worse and where to put the few assets that I have, I realize that gold, however much it is being pushed these days, is out of reach for the average person both in terms of cost and practicality of use in the long run. Not that I would not want gold.

All those guys on the TV and radio pushing gold think we all have a bunch of money sitting around, and some of you may have.

Silver makes it easier to acquire precious metals. Read more…

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - December 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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Matching Drywall To Plaster for a Smooth Transition

With most homes prior to the 1950’s mostly made with walls of lath and plaster, the inevitability of wall repair is pretty much unavoidable, from just repairing cracks to out  & out removal of large areas of plaster & lath.

Without going the purest route of repair with actual plaster, which involves multiple coats and drying time, we can use drywall to fill any holes or even large areas without removing more plaster than is necessary, as long as the remaining plaster is still stable and secure.

If you have removed all the plaster from a wall, corner to corner, top to bottom, and want to hang drywall, which may be the best option, then you need not read any further, just clean the studs and hang the drywall, but if your are matching portions of walls, then proceed. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - November 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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Steps To Identify Floor Problems

This portion of home repair floors will involve 2 parts,  One being the structure or foundation of the house and particularly the floor structure itself, the other being the actual surfaces that you see and walk on, carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, or whatever surface you have.

Typically, there is going to be more floor problems with raised foundation homes as opposed to a poured concrete slab.  This is especially true in older homes as it was the norm for a long time and still is a preferred method in many parts of the country even now. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - October 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

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Simple Drywall Patch, No Tape, No Screen, No Nails

[nggallery id=1]Having to patch a fist sized hole on plaster or drywall without studs or backing is a simple process of using a scrap piece of drywall and all purpose drywall mud, or joint compound, we’ll call it ‘mud’, ‘all purpose’, or ‘topping’ from here.

We had to put a 2 inch plumbing vent stack in the wall and the hole in the plaster ceiling ended up a bit to big with no wood framing to screw to, no problem with this simple method of drywall / plaster repair. This area is about 2 x 4 inches, but this method will work up to a size of about 8 x 8 inches.  See pics here

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - June 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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Grab Bar Installation

With many different bathtub, shower grab bar configurations available, I am going to mainly talk about the method of attachment here rather than configuration or even placement.

Grab bars have become more mainstream in recent years and are not just for disabled or elderly people as once was. The safety benefits will help anybody regardless of age or physical condition Read more…

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - March 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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Plaster Wall Repair

Plaster wall repair can have two different methods, one being the actual use of plastering material for authentic restoration and the other for a purely functional repair involving placing sheet rock in place of the damaged plaster for the repair.

The problem with old plaster is, once it gets to cracked it can begin to crumble with the slightest disturbance in attempts to repair it. Both methods can have satisfactory results, but the one involving drywall will be easier for most people. Read more…

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Drywall Crack Repair

Drywall at some time or another cracks or gets damaged, most of the time the basics are the same whether it be a crack or a hole in the wall. Drywall crack repair involves just the most simple of materials and tools.

If the repair is just a crack, it may be because the wall or ceiling has a little movement which is more common on raised foundation floors, especially in older homes. If this is the situation you may need to shore up underneath.  Drywall does not usually crack if the foundation and framing are sound, but may separate at a joint because of  a poor tape joint. Read more…

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Albert Bruce - March 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

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Bathroom Repair

Bathrooms, the most important room in the house, well the kitchen is a close second. As I mentioned in the previous pages, water is our home’s biggest enemy and of course water is the bathroom’s main purpose.  Most bathroom repairs are, yes, driven by water damage.  Our goal here is to minimize that potential damage by preventative maintenance.

There are three areas to focus on in the bathroom: Read more…

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