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4 Basic Tools You Need for Every Drywall Project

04-30-2018
You're taking on a do-it-yourself project at home, and you want to put up some drywall. The project takes more than just deciding what type of drywall and how much of it you need. Here are some drywall installation tools you're going to need to get the job done.
drywall tape gunYou're taking on a do-it-yourself project at home, and you want to put up some drywall. The project takes more than just deciding what type of drywall and how much of it you need. Here are some drywall installation tools you're going to need to get the job done.

Drywall Tape Gun

Where two panels of drywall meet, drywall tape is used to reinforce the seams. It can also be used around gaps and holes in the drywall. It can be difficult to apply, and that's why you need a drywall tape gun. You put the tape in the gun and the job becomes much easier. You don't have to worry about crocked seams or torn tape if you use a drywall tape gun.

Caulk

Caulk is an adhesive used to seal any gaps less than one-quarter inch wide that allow for leaks between stationary building components and materials, like drywall. Caulk would be used to fill in any cracks or gaps that may appear in drywall, like in the corners or between the drywall and the flooring. Some people like to use spackling, or mud, to do the same job.

Putty Knife

A putty knife, also known as a drywall knife, is a flat knife that is not used for cutting. Rather, it is used to spread the drywall mud across the seams where you applied the tape. The knife helps you get the mud nice and smooth so you don't have bumpy seams when the mud dries.

Utility Knife

A utility knife looks a lot like a box cutter and uses a razor blade for cutting. The knife makes cuts through the face of the drywall so you can score the panel before snapping it to the length you've cut. The only kind of utility knife that would not work for this job is one with a snap-off blade, but you want to make sure the blades are interchangeable.

When you take on your own home improvement projects instead of hiring a professional, you can save yourself a lot of money. You just want to make sure you have the proper tools so the job comes out looking like a professional did it. Otherwise, you're going to be staring at a poorly-done drywall job for a long time.
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