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A guide to buying drywall equipment

With growing interest in DIY jobs, one can choose to do remodeling or installation work without professional help. Drywall construction is a significant part of a project and will require you to be well-equipped with drywall tools in addition to learning the techniques. Read this guide to buying drywall equipment for information on the kinds of tools required, sources and cost saving tips.

Drywall tools

In very simple terms, drywalling involves hanging panels on wall studs and finishing them by taping seams, screw-holes and plastering joint compound over them. On curing, the surface is finished smooth. Measuring tools Measuring tools like measuring tapes and T-squares are used to ensure than panels are of the required dimensions to suit spans between wall studs. Utility knives or razor knives are used for cutting panels. Hanging tools Cut panels are fixed to wall studs with screws or nails. Choose quality screws or fasteners which will not deteriorate in moist conditions. While nails can be hammered, screws require a screw gun. A power drill will suffice if you do not wish to invest in a self-loading screw-gun. Drills, hammers, keyhole saw and dremel tools are required to cut access locations for services. Drywall Finishing tools Drywall taping tools involve knives for spreading joint compound over seams. Taping drywall can be done with knives of different widths. The plaster is mixed using an attachment to a drill and stored in a mud-pan. Once cured, a drywall sander finishes the surface using sanding poles, blocks or sheets. Protective gear Since drywall dust can be harmful, make sure to invest in good respiratory and eye protection.

Drywall material

Drywall material comprises of wallboards, screws or nails, ‘L’ shaped drywall corners, plaster and drywall tape. Drywall tape may be available in paper or plastic mesh. Though plastic is stronger, paper is easier to work with.

Where to buy

Drywall equipment is widely available in hardware stores. Internet-savvy buyers can look up online sites for good deals. You can also opt for used drywall tools by checking in the local classifieds or on auction sites. It is recommended that you inspect used tools before making the purchase.

Buying tips

It is a good idea to involve an experienced professional when buying tools. Choose reliable brands for power equipment for guaranteed performance. While used tools can help to save costs, there are other choices available. Some retail tool centres even rent out large tools like screw guns which would mean heavy investment if you chose to buy them. Selecting corded tools like saws or drills is cheaper than battery-operated ones which cost more since they allow free movement. Investing in quality drywall equipment is recommended to ensure good performance and desired results.

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