Sooner or later your home is going to require some sort of drywall repair. The changing of seasons and everyday wear and tear can cause cracks and holes that will eventually need fixed either by you or by a drywall professional.
While a drywall professional is suggested for larger repairs, if you plan to fix smaller holes and cracks, the following tools will help you to get started:
- A 12-inch stainless steel drywall pan. A stainless steel pan is easier to clean than a plastic pan and can be fairly inexpensive.
- Taping and finishing knives – including 3-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch knives, used for various stages in the drywall repair.
- A drywall saw or a very sharp razor.
- Drywall rasp – used to smooth the edges.
- A drywall hammer, typically with a convex-shaped head that will help to minimize the damage to the paper.
- A good 4-foot T-square – a necessity used as a guide for cutting.
- A 25-foot measuring tape. If you choose to use a measuring tape longer than 25-feet, you may experience some problems with the measuring tape’s stiffness.
- Chalk line and blue chalk, especially if the area you are repairing is in a peculiar place.
- A drywall lifter that is used to help lift the panel off the floor by using your foot.
- Screw gun or a variable speed drill with a screwdriver attachment.
- Mixing paddle (A heavy duty drill or hand mixer could also be used if you are mixing a large amount of compound.)
- Sanding tools – including medium coarse sanding blocks and drywall sanders. To eliminate the dust caused by sanding, you can also use the sanding attachment with a Shop Vac, too.
We hope that this gives you a good idea of the tools that you will need to start your home drywall repairs. If you feel that trying to repair your minor or major drywall issues may be a little out of your league, be sure to consult a drywall professional instead.