Beginner need advice on sander with vacuum

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Hi all.

I hope you are all well.

OK so I need my hand held, I am sorry.

I have bought my first house so it's quite shabby. It's 3 bedrooms and the walls are quite rough despite having paint on them. It was built in 1990.

The walls in the flat I used to live in are really really smooth (and matt).

I understand I need to sand the walls before painting.

I have read that a sander with vacuum is best. I don't have a vacuum cleaner, and I am looking to replace all the carpets with laminate so I am not planning on having a vacuum cleaner.

Which sander is reasonable? Is £50 enough?

Thanks.
 
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You might not need to sand if it's smooth.

I have a screwfix orbital that was about £60 and that's connected to an Aldi wet/dry vacuum. The vacuum has a socket that detects the power flow and automatically switches on with a short overrun when the sander stops. It works well.
Sanding without dust prevention is a nightmare.
 
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It's not smooth. The paint finish in the house I have bought is really rough.

I am saying that the flat I used to live in had really smooth finish, and I want to replicate that in the house.
 
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If you're actually sanding plaster, the dust will be enormous.
I stripped a through lounge that had been papered, about 60 years old. Various old repairs.
The majority was ok but every square metre was repaired in some way or other.

I spent a solid two weeks sanding the walls with coarse and fine using an extractor. The walls are bloody good but could do with a couple of spots redoing. The dust when the hose fell off was unimaginable.
 
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i used a 1/2 sheet ryobi sander to do the hall in a bungalow and this weekend a cloakroom renovating and the dust was considerable.
I used a roll of sand paper and tried to make holes and had a Henry Vacuum I use for DIY, BUT still generated a lot of dust.

The sander clips have now broken, and I was not happy with the dust extraction so I'm looking at a 1/4 sheet dewalt which has some good reviews, just waiting to see if goes on offer anywhere, also I prefer buying paper in rolls then the velcro sheets, so also looking at the fixing method as the Ryobi was very poor
 
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A good 5-6 inch orbital will set you back about £150, but well worth it, will take out most rough areas with one pass.
 
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I'd recommend a DA (AKA random orbital 125mm or 150mm) sander rather than an orbital. It will be much faster.

I can't recommend a particular one. Mine are Festool and cost more than a DIYer could justify.

If you want something that you can use all day rather than 2 hours, let it rest and then another 2 hours then look at Dewalt, (blue) Bosch, Makita.

https://www.axminstertools.com/power-tools/sanders-polishers/random-orbit-sanders

Once you are finished with it you can sell it on fleaBay.

I would strongly advise against not using a vacuum (read: dust extractor) the dust from plaster clings to everything. Buy one and then flog it, or hire/borrow.
 
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