Drywall Hanging Tools
Drywall hanging tools are essential for doing the rough work in all of the many kinds of projects that now use this building material. There are several main stages involved in making sheets of drywall into neat, smooth interior areas. Hanging is the first stage, where specific tools are critical for making sure sheets of drywall are solidly in place so that they can be finished for an attractive final result in residential or commercial buildings.
A measuring tape is necessary for hanging drywall. Those involved in cutting sheets to hang on wooden studs or other surfaces often need to plan down to the 1/4-inch for making sure drywall pieces fit together neatly. A pencil or pen is commonly used to mark off length in order to cut accurately. Some workers may use a T-square to make sure pieces are cut evenly.
Many drywall hangers use utility knives to score the drywall for a clean break in a sheet. Some other specialized cutting tools may be useful, and most professionals keep a saw on hand for when holes need to be made in the drywall sheet to fit around obstacles, such as electrical outlets.
Screwing or Nailing Equipment
Many professionals will agree that drywall is conventionally hung with screws, although in some cases, it is nailed into place. Long screws are necessary to effectively fix sheets of drywall to wall and ceiling frames. Generally, drywall hangers use a power drill to quickly hang sheets of drywall. Many will also carry a manual screwdriver for any troublesome screws that may take a bit more detailed attention.
Drywall Sheet Holders
When individuals or crews are hanging drywall on ceiling spaces or other slanted areas where gravity is working against them, they will find it is useful to have some tools for keeping sheets of drywall in place. Traditional drywall workers use T-bars for this purpose. A T-bar is a tool for holding drywall up against a surface to be hung. It can be as simple as 2 wooden 2 x 4s, 1 nailed to the other to form the shape of a "T."
New innovative tools have replaced T-bars in some tool kits. Small clamp-type holders can be temporarily fixed to a surface in order to keep drywall sheets in place for hanging.
Although some drywall hangers still like to work without face masks, many crews are realizing the benefits of having this safety gear on hand. Wearing dust masks limits the amount of drywall residue and other particulates that individuals breathe in during their work throughout the day. Failing to use dust masks can really worsen respiratory conditions. Dust masks can be as simple as plain cotton masks, but for those with more allergies or vulnerability to dust, there are more extensive air chamber masks available that conform to OSHA specifications for respiratory safety.
The above tools are the main items needed to hang drywall. Other tools will be needed to apply the compounds that fill in between drywall sheets and provide a neat, seamless look for a drywall project.