Drywall Tools

Drywall is a popular building material used in the finishing of ceilings and interior walls. Drywall is also known as gypsum board, plasterboard, or wallboard.

The process of drywalling involves basic tools. These tools may already be in one’s garage or toolbox.

To prepare drywall, you must cut it into proper sizes. This requires two items: a keyhole saw and a utility knife. The utility knife must be sharp. It is recommended that the handle be brightly-colored so that it is easy to locate in the debris that accumulates during the process. The keyhole saw needs to be short and stable. A drill is handy for creating the first hole for the keyhole saw.

A wedge holds up drywall or supports it as it is slid across the workspace floor. For this purpose, a piece of scrap drywall can be used. A hammer (for nailing on the drywall) or electric drill (for screwing on the drywall) are used for hanging the wallboard.

“Mudding” the walls (prepping with plaster) requires joint-knives or trowels of varying sizes. A corner trowel would also be handy, as well as a container or hood to carry extra plaster.

Sanding by hand calls for a special class of paper – a gritty, mesh-type looking sander. The dust created at this stage escapes through the large holes of the mesh. One can also utilize an electric sander, although the rate at which drywall dust appears would be difficult to work with. Hand sanding should not be too hard if the plaster is applied properly.

Wear goggles and a hardhat while applying drywall. Use thick work gloves while handling large pieces of wallboard. Sanding requires a facemask.

Other Common Drywall Tools:

* Benches
* Chalk Lines
* Checkers
* Drywall Adhesive Glue Guns
* Drywall Carts
* Drywall Hammers/Hatchets
* Drywall Lifters
* Drywall Jacks
* Drywall Nails/Screws
* Joint Compound
* Pencils
* Screw Guns
* Stud Finders
* Tape Measures
* Taping Knives
* T-Squares