When I was young my father taught me a lot of basic rough and finish carpentry. Eventhough I am not a carpenter by profession, these skills have served me well. Because of this I have decided to write a series of articles to help you save money and improve your home, which as they say is your greatest asset. This first article is about drywall. Actually this will be a series about how to install and finish drywall. The first of this series is about the dry wall tools you will need to get the job done.
Drywalling isn’t hard but it’s not all that easy either and like every project the right tools make life a lot easier. In this article we will go through these tools. Let’s get started.
Drywall Tools: Tape Measure
You want to buy a tape measure that is at least 12 feet long. This is pretty simple and most of you will already have one of these. If you don’t you can expect to spend around 10 to 20 dollars. Buy a good one as it will last several years.
Drywall Tools: Razor Knife
You absolutely have to have a razor knife (and replacement blades) in your drywall tool toolbox. You will use this for cutting, shaving and shaping the drywall and you will use it a lot. These usually cost in the 10 dollar range. Be careful…they aren’t called razor knifes for nothing.
DryWall Tools: Drywall Key Hole Saw
This tool is just as its name suggests. It’s a tool used to cut drywall. It has a 6 inch blade and is used for cutting holes in the drywall like you would need for outlets. This tool makes life easy and it will save you from breaking drywall trying to cut the outlet holes with something else so go ahead and spend the $8 to $12. These saws are also called jab saws.
DryWall Tools: Drill
Drills will be necessary to fix the drywall sheets in place. This drill will not need anything special and just about any common drill will work. You can buy a drill usually for under $30 and they range up to $400 but like I said for drywall you just need a normal everyday run of the mill drill.
DryWall Tools: Dimpler Bit
A dimpler is simple a tool used in drywall that changes your drill into a screw gun but it makes sure that you counter sink the screw perfect every time. This will keep the screw head from tearing your paper later on. A drywall dimpler bit is great thing to have and they only cost around $6 so get one for everyone who will be working on this project with drill in hand.
DryWall Tools: Dust Masks
You will have to sand your drywall and this makes a fine dust that you really don’t want to be breathing. Go out and spend $5 or so on a 10 pack of these masks.
DryWall Tools: Sanding Tools
Like I said you have to sand a lot. Go out and buy a ton of 150 grit sandpaper and make sure you buy (around $8) or have sanding blocks on handy because they will make your life a lot easier.
And there they are. These are the basic tools you need to install drywall. In a later article we will go into what you need to finish drywall.