What Are The Most Essential DIY Drywall Tools & Accessories?

Installing Drywall

As one of the most popular indoor finishes in the country, drywall panels are easy to install and finish. However, if you don't have the right tools, it can seem as though it's the toughest job around. Here's a quick rundown of the most essential tools and accessories you'll need to complete a DIY drywall project.

A Decent Utility Knife

You'll be using this a lot, so make sure it's solid and a good, comfortable fit for your hand. My personal favorites are utility knives that fold like a jackknife, making it easy to drop in a pocket or clip to a tool belt for safe, easy access.

Tape Measure

Drywall T

Most carpenter's squares only reach about two feet. A drywall T reaches from one side to the other for a full four-foot reach, which makes those long cuts easier and more accurate in the long run.

Tape Measure

Most drywall projects will have cuts for doorways, vents, outlet or switch boxes and similar obstructions. A good tape measure makes this job much easier.

Chalk Line

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 stick with non-permanent blue chalk to avoid having red bleeding through your paint job.

Carpenter's Pencil

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.

Carpenter's Pencil

Cheap Lipstick or an Outlet Marker

Need to mark outlets for a close fit? Outlet marking tools are very handy. In a pinch, mark the box edges with cheap lipstick that transfers onto the back of the drywall panel, but avoid the $35 Dior lipstick sitting in the bathroom. Trust me.

Drill Fasteners

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 easier and are easier to use one-handed with a screw-holding sleeve on a bit holder.

Putty Knives

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.

Spackle with Putty Knife

Mud Pan

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 excess putty.

Sanding Block

Look for blocks that can accept a partial sheet of sand paper 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 which can be handy, especially when working on your own, include a panel lifting handle to shorten your grip distance from one side to the other, a panel lift for ceiling work, a sanding pole for higher work, a corner trowel for inside corners and an outlet box marker for precision cuts. At Wallboard Supply Company, we've got all the tools you need for your drywall project, and our experienced associates are always ready to help you find the right tools for the job. Please feel free to contact us today for more details.

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