Looking to step up your drywall repair game? One of the easiest and most rewarding approaches is to fill up your work shed inventory with all the drywall supplies you will ever need, from basics to pro-grade. Continue reading for a recommended list to get you started!
Drywall Repair and Installation Supplies
For all drywall projects, there is a fundamental set of supplies for basic tasks, and then a more comprehensive set for higher-level work. From start to finish, here are all the tools, supplies, and materials you will need for do-it-yourself drywall projects and repairs:
Sheetrock is actually a registered brand of drywall manufactured by the U.S. Gypsum Company. But, it is also informally known as drywall, gypsum board, gypsum rock, plasterboard, and wallboard. You can purchase drywall at any local home improvement store, online, or through a contractor. It is generally sold by the square foot, and doesn’t usually require any minimum purchase unless you are opting for delivery.
Drills come in several makes and models. You can choose between a cordless or corded drill. Both work well with drywall work. Many professionals prefer cordless for obvious reasons. Drills are used in the drywall industry for installation purposes. Installing gypsum board requires a power drill and screws.
☑ Drywall Saw
Saws for drywall come in various shapes, sizes, and serrations. They are used to cut board to size, so the type you need will vary depending on the particular needs of your project. You can choose among double-sided saws, hand saws, fine-finish saws, hacksaws, and more.
☑ Drywall Screws
These are special screws used to hold up gypsum board. They have extra course threads that stay secure in drywall. There are several kinds, all with different sizes and applications, including fine-head, self-drilling, pan-head, and more.
☑ Drywall Tape
Drywall tape is an important tool because it creates a physical bond between adjacent sheets of drywall. It is the surface to which the plaster sticks to. It provides a seamless surface for drywall installation and repairs and more.
☑ Edge Sander
An edge sander will allow you to perfectly finish off and smooth out the edges of your drywall boards. With a removable sanding disc on the bottom and an easy-to-grip handle on the top, it is no surprise they are a popular tool for any do-it-yourself-er.
☑ Joint Compound
This is a white powder containing gypsum board dust that is combined with water to produce a mud. This mud is then used to seal joints between drywall sheets. This is also called mud, spackle, or plaster. It is used to create the smooth, level 5 drywall finishes you see in quality constructed buildings and homes.
☑ Joint Knife
Also called a taping knife, a joint knife is the tool used to scoop, scrape, spread, and smooth out drywall mud. It has a wide blade that comes in various sizes, from 4 inches to 14 inches.
☑ Miter Box
A miter box is a terrific tool used to measure saw strokes and miter cuts. Not only do they provide smooth and even cutting motion, they provide safety for your hands and fingers.
☑ Mud Pans
A mud pan is the flat plate, usually paper or metal, that holds spackle and mud. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some can hold up to ½ a gallon of drywall mud.
A rasp is an instrument that looks and behaves much like a nail file. It has a double-sided, hardened steel blade with a course textured surface, usually rectangular or tapered at the end, and a handle made of plastic, wood, or metal. It is a handheld, manually-operated tool used to form, file, and shape gypsum board.
A T-square is a helpful, yet technical, tool because it ensures you make straight cuts on your drywall board. It assists with drawing diagonals and 90 degree angles as well. In fact, they are often used on drafting tables.
☑ Utility Knife
Utility knives are used for cutting, leveling, trimming, and scraping drywall board. They come in multiple fashions and multiple blade sizes. They are usually made of stainless steel, so they are durable and long-lasting.
Additional Tools and Supplies to Consider:
🧰 Drywall Fasteners
🧰 Drywall Adhesives
🧰 Drywall Abrasives
🧰 Corner Caps & Conversions
🧰 Mud Additives
🧰 Drywall Repair Patches
🧰 Compound Action Snips
🧰 Self-Leveling Laser
🧰 Board Carrier or Cart
🧰 Chalk Lines
🧰 Circle Cutters
- 🧰 Masking Paper and Film
🧰 Drywall Bench
🧰 Dust Barriers/Liners
🧰 Drywall Vacuum
🧰 Tape Measurer
🧰 Multi-Pocket Apron
🧰 Respirator Mask
🧰 Safety Goggles
🧰 Hard Hat
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