How to Attach Sandpaper to a Pole Sander

Any grade of sandpaper can easily be attached to a pole sander.
Any grade of sandpaper can easily be attached to a pole sander. (Image: 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.

Things You'll Need

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

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

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.

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

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

Tips & 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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