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The Right Drywall Equipment Is A Must

Feb 20, 2008
If you want to take on the task of drywalling, then you will need the right tools for the occasion. Drywall tools are essential for getting that sturdy, smooth wall you need to create. If you have never hung drywall before, your local hardware superstore no doubt has classes you can take to let you in on the secrets of the pros. But even their classes can't save you if you don't have the right tools for drywalling.

Drywall Tools: The Basics

To get your drywalling started, these are the pieces of drywall equipment you'll need: - Two kinds of trowels - a plastic one and a corner one. - Some kind of sanding material, be it a sanding machine or sandpaper - a sanding machine is much easier for most of the walls, but you will need some sandpaper, and a sanding pole to get the top of the wall. - a drill - a cordless drill is the easiest tool for drywalling. - a utility knife - a large T-square for measuring and cutting your drywall. - a steel or plastic corner tool - two knifes, one four inches and one ten inches. These are for tape and for those finishing they drywall - a container for mixing your drywall solutions. If you want to avoid rust, go stainless steel. - assorted cloths, tape, and brushes.

Working with Drywall Tools

Drywall is too important a job to take on without any experience whatsoever. Although you can find information on the internet about how to drywall, sitting through a class on the subject is really the best way to go for a novice.

After you're sure you know how to get the job done, make your plans and buy the right amount of materials (plus a little extra for those little mistakes). When you get started, move from top to bottom, making sure you are leaving as little space between the boards as possible. If you make a mistake, you can fix it later by sanding, but doing it right the first time is worth the hassle.

When the drywall is up on the walls, you will need to begin the process of smoothing. This process takes three days, minimum, even if you have done an impeccable job with the drywall. You'll need to apply at least two smoothing coats and a finishing coat. Make sure everything is sanded to perfection before you slap on that finishing coat, because there is no going back after that.
About the Author
Greg Hansward very often edits newsletters on areas associated with drywall finishing tools and drywalling and mudding tools. On his site one can learn about his publications on drywall finishing tools and drywall taping tools.
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