Easy fix for seam-split sanding belts
The humid Florida climate has never been kind to my sanding belts—if I store them for any length of time, they come apart at the seam as soon as the sander starts. Instead of throwing these new belts in with the scrap sandpaper, I came up with this trick to repair them.
First, peel the remaining factory tape off the belt splice. Cut a piece of cloth bias tape (wide single-fold type, available at fabric stores) about 2" longer than the width of the belt. Lay one end of the belt, grit-side down, on the bench; then apply cyanoacrylate glue to the end of the belt. Lay half of the bias tape's width on the glue, place waxed paper over the tape, and use a weight to press down on it for about 30 seconds, or until the glue sets. Wrap the belt around and repeat the gluing process to reconnect the ends of the belt. Trim off the excess tape, and the belt's ready to use.
—William Van Duyn, Orange Park, Fla.