Originally Posted by rditz
make sure that the belts don't have a a direction on them... if you put them on in the reverse direction, the will break at the seam.
if the belts are old they will break, been there, done that...
"Did you even give my idea a try ???" I liked your idea a lot.. giving it a bit more thought, if one had a bottle jack that would work in the horizontal position, then you could spread the studs with that and then insert the 14 1/2: cross piece in at the desired location and let the jack off. no hammering or sweat required...
I checked and the belts are not directional. I figure they are just too old.
YEs, I did consider the 14 1/2 in between studs. I am already dealing with a firewall on top (wires coming in) between the studs, and on the bottom there is electric coming in to the enclosure. Adding the 14 1/2 , fixing drywall, more issues fishing for wires... All in all the sander seems like an easier solution.