WHAT ARE THE MOST ESSENTIAL DIY DRYWALL TOOLS & ACCESSORIES? (Feb. 7, 2018)
Drywall panels are easy to install and finish, which is probably why its one of the most popular indoor finishes in the country. However, if you don’t have the right tools, it can seem as though it is the toughest job abound. Let’s take a look at the most essential tools and accessories you’ll need to complete a DIY drywall project.
This tool is a must! You’ll be using this a lot, so make sure it’s sharp, and a comfortable fit for your hand. Utility knives that fold like a jackknife make it easy to quickly drop into a pocket, or clip onto a tool belt for safe, easy access.
Most carpenter’s squares only reach about 2 ft. A drywall T reaches a full 4 ft, which makes those long cuts much easier and more accurate in the long run.
Most drywall projects will have cuts for doorways, vents, outlet switches or switch boxes, and similar obstructions. A good tape measure can make this job easier, especially if it has a clip for easy access on a tool belt.
It’s really amazing how many walls are out of square or have issues that make cutting an angle necessary for the layout process. A chalk line makes it easier, but make sure to stick with a non-permanent blue chalk to avoid having red bleeding through your paint job!
Whether it’s a few quick figures, a list of the things you forgot to get at the store, or marking measurements to cut a hole for a vent, a pencil is an essential tool.
CHEAP LIPSTICK OR OUTLET MARKER
No one likes a gap. Need to mark outlets for a close fit? If you don’t have an outlet marker on hand, in a pinch, you can use a cheap lipstick to mark the box edges so the color transfers into the back of the drywall panel. Make sure to avoid the $35 Dior lipstick sitting in the bathroom, though! Trust me.
Using nails means there’s a good chance you’ll need to repair the dreaded nail pops later on. Drywall screws make the job go much faster and are easier to use one-handed with a screw- holding sleeve on a bit holder.
You’ll want these in 4”,8”, and 12” widths to deal with taping, feathering, and finishing the putty onto your walls. Start small and work your way up to a flat finish.
Instead of constantly running back and forth to the putty, carry it along with you in a mud pan. Look for one that has a metal edge to scrape off the excess putty.
Look for blocks that can accept a partial sheet of sandpaper, rather than those that are a single piece. This will allow you to use it in whatever grit you need for countless projects down the road.
Other items can be handy, especially when you’re working on your own, but aren’t necessary. These include panel lifting handle to shorten your grip distance from one side to the other, a panel lift for the ceiling work, a sanding pole for higher work, a corner trowel for inside corners, and an outlet box marker for making precision cuts.