Doing a drywall project yourself ? You don’t have to worry, the tools needed for drywalling are not hard to get and are relatively cheap. Some of the tools you may have already and some you may have to buy. You can even borrow some of the tools from a neighbor or family member in order to save on costs. After all, saving on costs is one of the many reasons why you are taking on a do-it-yourself drywall project in the first place, isn’t it?
Now, before you go and run off and buy a pickup truck for all that sheet rock you’re going to be bringing home, hold on. There are some tools you absolutely need to have in order to get your drywall project up and running.
Sizes of Drywall
Typically, drywall comes in sizes that are in the form of a 4 X 8-foot section. There are a few sizes, but the most popular are 3/8 of an inch and ½ of an inch. 5/8 of an inch is typically for ceiling installations. Of course, you can get other sizes for rooms that are larger such as a sheet of 4′ X 12′. As well there are smaller pieces for patch work that you can find in your local building store.
If this is your first do-it-yourself drywall project, you may want to consider making the investment necessary to do it right the first time. As mentioned, some of the tools you may be able to borrow, but some you should just buy outright yourself. One of those drywall tools is the T-square. A drywall T-square will allow you to cut the entire width and length of a sheet of drywall. This tool is well worth the investment.
It’s in your best interest to get a bunch of different size drywall knives; a 4-inch, 6-inch and 12-inch should do the trick. Having a selection of drywall knives will make finishing your drywall much easier.
A Good Utility or Razor Knife
Of course, a utility knife is good for many useful purposes, but more often than not you will be using it when you are hanging your drywall. You actually will be using it to score and cut the sheetrock.
If you don’t want to make the investment, you can look into renting a screw gun. A screw gun that will set the head of the screw you will need to hang your drywall. Having the head of the screw set to the proper depth when hanging sheet rock is important. Screw guns can be costly and if it’s your first time around, renting may be your best option.
A sanding pole will be a helpful drywall tool to get a smooth finish on your newly hung drywall. This is something that you may be able to borrow from a friend or easily rent. Last but not least you will need some of the smaller items like drywall tape, screws and a drywall saw.
Again, if this is your first time out, you may want to rent or borrow whatever you can. You never know; you might have such a successful job hanging drywall in one room, that you’ll want to do your entire house. Watch this video Drywall tools you should have to find out about the required tools needed for drywalling.
How to Prep a Room to Hang New Drywall
If you’re like most people, you’ve found yourself on top of a ladder only to realize that you’re out of screws or nails. You then Stopping your project and going to the local building supplies because you don’t have all you need is a real pain in the neck. There’s a better way to ensure a smooth installation, always prep a room for hanging new drywall.
Here are some tips to help you
- Make sure your electrical work is 100% percent complete. You don’t want to have to even think about opening a wall or making a hole once your drywall is put up. Make sure you’re plumbing work is complete as well.
- Don’t forget to consider things such as your cable vision, internet and telephone wires. Be sure that you insulated your pipes properly to ensure no future issues occur.
- Make certain that you have proper ventilation in the room you are working in, The room temperature should basically be around 60 degrees F.
- When it comes to ventilation, you need to be aware that there will be a lot of drywall dust. You can use a respirator or a dust mask – whatever you feel suits your needs.
- Goggles are a good idea because dust particles will be everywhere so protect your eyes at all times.
- Pay attention to where the wall studs are located on both the floor and ceiling. Mark the all the studs accordingly because this makes them easier to find after covering them with drywall. Have all your tools on hand.
- Make sure you have all the required supplies on hand too. You don’t want to be up on the ladder and realize you are short of materials or tools.
Other things to think about when starting a drywall project
Place drop cloths or cardboard on the floors of the room you are working in. This will minimize the amount of vacuuming you will have to do. Every single nook and cranny will be covered in dust from your dry walling project. You want to be sure that you cover the floors to make your job easier when it comes to clean-up.
Talking of clean-up, don’t forget to think about this when you are preparing the room. Make sure you have your vacuum and that you have extra vacuum bags. I recommend buying a shop vac to clean up drywall dust. This is because the dust is so fine it will destroy your home vacuum cleaner.
Check out your ladder too. You don’t want to do a job that requires you to stand on a ladder and find out that it is not sturdy. If you are choosing to buy a ladder do a bit of research. Ladders are graded 1 to 3, a grade 1 ladder can support much more weight than grade 3 ladders can. You will pay more for a better ladder buy it will pay off in the long run .
If you are doing work in a condo make certain to check out the policies and procedures. And if you own your own home, check with your local building authority for code requirements.
Having all the required tools needed for drywalling your room and properly preparing the job will make the task more enjoyable. A little of planning and fore site will make the job easier to complete and will result in a better overall job. If you are just doing a drywall patch you can read my post here .
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