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Buy the Right Drywall Hanging Tools

Hanging drywall is a job that is well within the capabilities of the average do-it-yourselfer. Basic carpentry skills (and a helper or strong back) are all that are needed.

Like every job, however, the right tools make hanging drywall even easier. There are many drywall hanging tools designed to help you get professional results every time. Consider renting tools if you’re only working on a small or one-time job.

Tools For Hanging Drywall

  • Electric Drill (Cordless or corded) Although you can hang drywall with a hammer and nails, a drill will do the job more quickly and with less damage to the surface of the drywall. Cordless drills don’t offer the risk of getting tangled up on the drywall or on other tools.
  • «Dimpler» Drywall Screw Setter This specialized drill bit makes hanging drywall a breeze. The dimpler will countersink the screw into the surface of the dry wall and it has a clutch to help avoid surface damage.
  • Utility Knife You’ll need a utility knife to score and trim drywall-make sure you have plenty of sharp blades.
  • Drywall T-square Making accurate measurements is crucial to hanging drywall. A four-foot drywall t-square will give you a perpendicular line with a minimum of effort.
  • Tape Measure A basic tool for any home improvement project, a 30-foot measuring tape will be long enough for hanging drywall.
  • Keyhole Saw The short, narrow blade of a keyhole saw is perfect for cutting out switch and outlet openings.
  • Pry Bar A flat edged pry bar is a great tool for lifting heavy drywall sheets into place. A pry bar is also handy for aligning sheet edges.
  • Panel Lift Don’t attempt hanging drywall on a ceiling without a helper or one of these tools. A panel lift will raise and steady a 4′ x 8′ drywall panel while you fix it in place.

Tools For Mudding Dry Wall

  • Mud Pan or Mud Hawk A mud pan is a plastic trough that holds plaster while you spread it on drywall seams. A mud hawk is a metal palette that serves the same purpose.
  • Joint Knife This spatula-like device is the primary the primary tool for applying plaster to drywall. Look for a firm blade and comfortable handle. 8″ or 10″ Taping Knife Similar to the joint knife, a larger taping knife is used to apply a second coat of plaster over joints.
  • Curved Trowel The raised center of a curved trowel will leave extra plaster over the center of a seam. The extra plaster makes it easier to sand the finish coat without revealing the seams beneath.
  • Sanding Pole A sanding pole is great for getting at seams in ceilings and other high places. Look for perforated sand paper that will allow plaster dust to fall through-you’ll spend less time changing sandpaper.
  • Sanding Sponges Select a variety of sanding sponges to fit in odd spaces and corners. Sanding sponges can be rinsed, dried and used again.
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum A wet/dry vacuum will help get rid of the tons of plaster dust you’ll generate. Make sure the vacuum has a fine filter to hold tiny plaster particles.
  • Power Sander Rent a power sander and your back and arms will thank you: mudding drywall requires a lot of sanding. Look for a power sander with a vacuum attachment to help manage dust.

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