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Home repair and construction can be difficult enough with the correct tools, but without them, it can be disastrous and time-consuming. This is especially true when you're talking about drywall tools. Dry walling is a great DIY job with the right drywall equipment. If you don't have the right tools for drywalling, it may take you twice as long to do the job half as good. If you're interested in learning more about drywalling, you can find some excellent tutorials and directions online or at your local library. The first thing they will mention, also, is the necessity of having the right drywall equipment before you begin.

Some of the tools you'll need are trowels-both plaster and corner trowels; a hand sander, sandpaper and block sander; cordless drill for the drywall screws; tape measure; T-square for measuring before cutting; steel knives for putting the tape on the wall and for finishing. In addition to tools, you'll need supplies as well. Some of the supplies you'll need before you begin are the paper tape for taping the drywall; drywall sheets; sandpaper in 100 and 220 size; drywall screws, nails, drop cloth and rulers.

If you haven't hung and taped drywall before, you may want to take a tutorial online or at a workshop. Some home building supply stores offer workshops or short courses as well as brochures on how to work with drywall. Drywall is for your walls and ceilings, both, which are important parts of your home. You'll want them to look as professional as possible.

You may want to make a sketch or drawing on a piece of paper. Have all the measurements for your room on paper. Drywall comes in 8’ or 12’ length 4’ wide. Since most ceilings are 8 feet high, you'll be laying the drywall horizontally with two 4’ sheets making up the distance to the 8-foot ceiling. While you may need less sheets with the 12 feet in addition to less nailing and screwing, there is a disadvantage to using the 12 feet drywall. With the 12’ drywall, it's more awkward to handle and you may have more cutting to do. The staff at your building supply store can give you tips on how to order drywall. If you are drywalling the kitchen or bathroom, you'll want to get green board, as this is better against moisture.

Always start with the ceiling so you don't damage a new wall by doing your ceiling. Make sure you measure with your squares before you begin hanging the drywall. When you put in the drywall screws, make sure you indent them so it is easier to fill the holes in with putty. After the drywall is hung, you are ready to begin taping. Good luck! With the right drywalling tools, this should be a breeze.

Rob Carlton frequently writes detailed papers on issues corresponding to how to install dry wall. You can have a look at his contributions on dry wall over at and different sources for dry wall information.


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