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Drywall Finishing: What Tools Do You Need?

Dec 9

Drywall Finishing: What Tools Do You Need?

Finalizing the drywall. Do you have any experience with this? We, Houston drywall contractor thought we'd share a list with you of all the tools that you will need to tape and mud drywall.

 

Here is a closer look at what materials we use for mud drywall and tape.

 

1. A stepping stool This is necessary to reach the tops of all walls. This is a great tool for anyone who is under 6'5".

 

2. Protective eyewear. Dust can be produced by sanding drywall. These glasses keep dust from entering your eyes.

 

3. Tape is used to seal joints. Tape is used to fill in the spaces between drywall sheets. Both the paper and mesh versions were tested, but we prefer paper one.

 

4. Sanding blocks for drywall. These blocks are made of foam and sandpaper. You use them to smoothen the mud and make the seams invisible.

 

5. Use a dust mask. It was amazing to see how much dust can be generated by the drywall finishing process. A lot of fine dust is created when you sand the joint compounds. It is not something you want to inhale. You'd probably die from something like a miner's lung. It's a good idea to protect your Bluetooth speaker by using a dust mask. Dust can cause damage to your Bluetooth speaker.

 

6. Vacuum Cleaner. We bought a special extra-fine filter to vacuum all the drywall dust. Your standard vacuum can clog up your pipes so I don't recommend it.

 

7. Joint compound for drywall. We tried both purchasing pre-mixed powder and buying it as a mix. The pre-mixed powder is much more convenient. You'll wind up with too thick, too thin, too much, too little, and blah blah blather blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah yadda blah " blah The premixed version isn't that much more expensive, and it's well worth it.

 

8. Drywall sander with mesh. This is the bad guy who does all the heavy lifting when you're sanding. This machine quickly eliminates large amounts of joint compounds. You can attach a long pole to some models so that you can sand high.

 

9. A paddle for the mixer. You can do what you want. This is necessary if you plan to make your own joint compounds (see #7).

 

10. A trowel to finish the corners. This allowed us to skip the corners and seams between the walls and ceiling. Even though you could do it without it, it made it so much easier.

 

#11 Joint compound trough This, I'm certain, is the technical name. No matter what it is called, you will need one large enough to scoop the mud with your largest trowel.

 

12. Trowels with a straight edge. There were three sizes available, and we used all of them. Each layer of mud should be slightly wider than the last, which will result in gradual mud tapering. This can be made easier by using different trowel sizes.

 

Here is a close-up view of both types of sanders:

 

The mesh sander is used for the first two standings. For the final finishing use the foam sanders.

We won't lie, drywall can be a real pain. It can be a nightmare and draining. You can save money and do a great job.

 

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Houston TX

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