If you are a professional drywall contractor, you must ensure that the service you provide is better than they can get on their own with DIY drywall projects. For that, along with expertise gathered from years of work, you also need the correct tools for the job.
And if you are just a homeowner looking to do as good of a drywall job as you can achieve by yourself, you will still need to get a bunch of different tools. To help both parties out, in this article, we have provided a comprehensive drywall tools list that you must have at hand.
Without further ado, let’s check out what they are!
Top 17 Essential Tools You Need for Drywall Work
Here, you’ll find every tool you’ll need for the task;
1. Drywall Knife
A knife for drywall is one of the very first items you should get when building a drywall toolset. These are specialized items that cannot be replaced with simple putty knives.
Drywall knives have flat blades, which you have to use to apply the drywall mud. Usually, the seams are covered with mud this way to make a seamless sealed surface.
For different drywall areas, different sized drywall knives are needed. Just to give an example, when you are applying initially, you will need a smaller knife such as a 6-inch one. And when you are applying a final coat, a larger knife such as a 12-inch one will make the job much faster.
2. Jab Saw
This is a tool that is meant for one very specific purpose. So, you cannot expect versatility here. However, the purpose it does serve is essential in drywall jobs. Jab saws are used to cut holes in drywall. Their length varies from 6 – 8 inches.
3. Drywall Lifts
Now, this is an item that will not be necessary if several people are working. So, if you have a team of professionals for each job or have a few buddies willing to lend you a hand, you can skip getting this item.
This tool is used to help a person lift drywall sheets correctly into place when they are working alone.
4. Electric Drywall Saw
As jab saws are quite small at 6 – 8 inches, sometimes they may be inefficient to use when making larger cuts in drywall. That is where this bad boy comes into play. Instead of making holes, this tool is more suitable for making powerful cuts fast on large sheets of drywall.
5. Utility Knife
Do not confuse these with drywall knives; they are worlds apart. You most probably already own a utility knife. If you do, it should be suitable for the job. Just make sure that it is not the kind with snap-off blades.
For better stability when working, get a utility knife with interchangeable blades and a screw-down handle.
You may have seen T-squares if you are into carpentry. However, drywall T-squares are much larger than typical carpenter T-squares. And they are essential that you must have.
Drywall T-squares have a length of 48 inches or 4 feet. This massive size allows a worker to cut the full width of a drywall sheet. And its cross-end of the head is a perfect fit over an edge of the drywall. It is also long enough to ensure a perfect square.
T-squares for drywall do not come cheap, but they are well worth the investment. There is no good substitute for it, so if you want the best quality results, it is best to just splurge on one. The good news is that you can use a drywall T-square for other purposes, too.
7. Tape Measure
Measurement is a key part of any construction work, and drywall is no different. You need to have a good tape measure at hand for taking accurate readings on the job. Wrong readings will only give you more headaches down the line, and they are not worth it. So, get a good tape measure.
8. Drywall Corner Knife
The drywall knives we talked about earlier do most of the work when it comes to applying drywall mud. However, it might get tricky if you are trying to work in corners. Corner knives contain a 90-degree construction to make this specific task easy.
9. Dust Mask
When you are working with drywall for a considerable amount of time, it is only natural that you will be exposed to drywall dust. This is unavoidable, no matter how cautious you are. A mask is a must-have to ensure the good health of your lungs. Don’t skip it!
10. Drywall Mud Pan
When you are applying drywall mud with drywall knives, it is a given that there will be some excess on the knife. Having a mud pan at your disposal makes it easy to keep your drywall knife clean and store excess mud.
Also, get a pan grip with it to prevent accidental spillage as you keep loading the pan up with more drywall mud. Nobody likes to create a mess.
11. Cordless Drill
Back in the days, hammers and nails were used to fasten drywall. But we are living in the age of technology. In this era, experts and professionals use cordless screw guns that load up new screws whenever needed by themselves. This saves a lot of time and effort.
So, if you have any major drywall projects coming up, consider renting a screw gun. If you have a business in drywall installation, definitely invest in one.
For regular drywall work around the home, ordinary 12V or 18V cordless drills are suitable. If you want more power, get the 18V. But 12V can do the job too.
Make sure that the drill you get is cordless because corded ones are a hassle to work with.
12. Carpenter’s Pencil
When you are making necessary measurements for a drywall job, you may need to mark areas to remember what should be done where and keep track of things. Get a carpenter’s pencil for this.
13. Drywall Screws
Drywall nails are a thing of the past; screws made for drywall are preferred by professionals now. They come in both fine-thread and coarse-thread variations. The coarse ones are more effortless to put in wood. For drywall projects, the 5/8-inch-long screws seem to be the most practical.
14. Drywall Sanding Sponge
After you are done installing drywall, you need to use these sponges for finishing touch-ups. Most drywall sponges come with an abrasive and smooth side. They are easier to handle than sanding sheets.
15. Sanding Pole and Sanding Sheets
Sanding sponges do not always work. Reaching certain areas is easier with a sanding pole. It also is more time-efficient. You will need sanding sheets to fit on the sander on the pole.
If you make the drywall mud yourself, you should get a mixer. It will help you make a large quantity quicker for large projects.
17. Texture Sprayers
These add a specific texture that many clients might prefer over sanded drywall. So, keep them in your stash just in case.
From our drywall tools list, you can easily identify the items you do not own and make a shopping list. If you are serious about doing professional quality drywall jobs, consider getting them all.
That’s all for this article. See you next time!
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