14 Common Sheetrock Tools and Hardware Explained
Installing sheetrock is not a hard task to take on. It is helpful to have a helping hand when installing sheetrock. It can be frustrating at first, but the work will go much more smoothly if you have the right equipment and tools. There are tools that you really cannot do without and there are other tools and pieces of equipment that are on the 'nice to have' list. Below you will find a list of 14 tools and pieces of equipment that will help your sheetrock project go on without a hitch.
1 - Tape Measure
A tape measure is an essential tool when putting up sheet rock. It allows you to precisely put together a wall based on the correct measurements. Not every piece of sheetrock will fit neatly in place and you will need to cut it to size. In order to accomplish this effectively, you will need to use your trusty tape measure.
2 - Sheetrock Cutter
A sheetrock cutter will need to be used to score and cut your pieces of sheetrock so they fit in the right position and spot along your newly framed wall.
3 & 4- Taping Knife and Tape
Use tape and a taping knife to hide the seams in between each piece of sheetrock along your framed wall.
5 & 6 - Puty (Joint Compound) and Putty Knife
After you have applied the tape, use a putty knife to apply joint compound over the tape. Smooth the joints in between the two sheets of plywood. Use the joint compound and putty knife to fill in the holes or depressions made from the screws or nails during your sheetrock installation.
7 - SheetRock Hammer or Screw Gun
As you put up the sheetrock, secure it in place to the frame using either a hammer or a screw gun. If you intend to secure the sheets of sheetrock using nails, use the sheetrock hammer. If you intend to secure them in place using screws, the screw gun is a better option. Both pieces of equipment are specially designed for hanging sheetrock. Used properly, you will avoid damaging the sheetrock or adding additional holes.
8 - Level
A level is one of the most important tools to have. Make sure your wall is straight and level! Make sure the piece of sheetrock properly fits against the last sheet. The last thing you want is a crooked wall.
9 - Sander
After filling your wall with lots of joint compound it's time to take out the sander to develop a nice even and smooth surface for your wall.
10 - Paint
Finish off your job with a dab of paint. Trim the edges and roll on the rest. Pick a color or stay neutral - the design choices are endless!
Tools For the Big Jobs
To round out our list of common sheetrock tools, below you will find another 6 tools and hardware that are used for big sheetrock jobs.
11 - Sheetrock Lift
This great tool will make your life easy. It holds the sheetrock in place while you afix it to the frame. No more extra hands required!
12 - Sheetrock Jack
Like the lift, the sheetrock jack will help you hold your sheetrock in place until fully secure against the frame.
13 - Sheetrock Banjo
For large jobs, the banjo automatically feeds the tape onto the wall. No more sticky messes.
14 - Automatic Mixer
For large jobs, the automatic mixer will mix the joint compound (also known as mud or puty) for you. Attach it to the end of the drill, put it in the bucket and watch it mix!