Drywall is one of the most commonly used materials in construction. It’s also one of the cheapest, so you can find it in almost every home and office building.
When this type of material suffers from damage, such as holes or cracks, homeowners often think that they have to replace their drywall completely and start over again.
Thankfully there are some simple and easy fixes available for these types of problems!
In this blog post, we will cover 7 tools and supplies that can be found at your local hardware store which will save you time and money when fixing minor damages on your walls.
1. Utility Knife
A utility knife, sometimes called a box cutter, is used to cut drywall. The blade of the tool has a straight edge and it can be opened with one hand to provide leverage for slicing through thicker pieces. Utility knives are often included in kits that include other tools as well such as taping knives or scrapers which are more specialized.
Utility knives come in many different sizes but most have blades around five inches long overall. One side of the blade is sharpened while the opposite side has a flat surface so you don’t accidentally slice your fingers when opening or closing it during use.
Utility knives are versatile and can be used for many other tasks such as cutting carpet or trimming upholstery. The blades on utility knives will occasionally need to be sharpened if they become too dull from use which is usually easy to do with a heavy-duty metal file. Blades that have been overused might even break so it’s important to make sure you always keep extras around in case of emergency.
In Drywall Repair Works, you’ll need a utility knife to cut a hole in the drywall before patching the surface.
2. Drywall Trowel
A Drywall Trowel is a tool that may be used when applying drywall joint compound. A trowel can help to apply the first coat of mud, which will then create an even surface for additional coats of mud.
The function of the Drywall Trowel is mainly to spread wallboard adhesive or compound and put it in place on either existing walls or new panels during installation. The blade also helps break up lumps in wet material so they are easier to smooth out with your hands before application of subsequent layers.
It is made of hard plastic or metal, and usually has a convex blade to enhance its spreading ability.
The Drywall Trowel may be used for many other tasks besides just applying joint compound. The blades are often interchangeable so the trowels can also be used in drywalling, plastering, patching holes, or scratches on walls (interior or exterior), as well as smoothing out paint finishes from ceilings or floors.
3. Drywall Mud Pan
This is a rectangular tool that has ridges on one side and a smooth surface on the other. This is used to apply drywall mud or plaster onto the seams of your joints, giving you an even thickness for them both.
There are two types of Drywall Mud Pans available: A plastic model, which comes in different sizes and shapes with varying degrees of depth from thinned-out edges to deep ribs; And metal models made out of galvanized steel panels.
The latter type is easier to clean because there’s no hard edge to scrub away at but also more expensive.
4. Putty Knife
A putty knife is a tool that can be used for various tasks in drywall repair. For example, it can help spread caulk or sealant as well as scrape away old paint from wood trim and other features.
It’s also great with applying joint compound to holes in drywall or filling nail pops on the wall (putting some over the top of the hole before taping).
Putty knives are typically made out of metal but there are plenty of plastic versions available if you prefer those. They come with round edges which work better for smoothing things like tape joints because they don’t “catch” onto surfaces as sharp edges do sometimes.
Putty knives are also great for working with flooring because they can easily scrape away excess underlayment, mud, or anything else without damaging tiles like you would if using a sharp tool like an Exacto Knife.
5. Drywall Primer
Drywall Primer is a specially formulated material that can be used as the first coat before applying paint on drywall. It seals small cracks and holes in the surface to create a smooth finish, fills porous surfaces to help hide irregularities or texture problems, and helps eliminate some imperfections like popcorn ceilings. Drywall primer comes in white and has an eggshell-like sheen when applied over uneven plaster walls.
6. Drywall Spackle
Drywall spackle is a mixture of gypsum powder and water combined with some additives for adhesion to the drywall.
Spackle can be used to repair holes, cracks, or other damage on drywall surfaces. You may need to apply more than one coat if the hole is too deep or large for just one layer.
If you’re not sure about your skill level with repairing damaged drywall, it’s best to find some repair tool kit that comes with all the necessary tools and supplies.
7. Sanding Sponge
A sanding sponge is a tool with an abrasive surface on one side to remove paint or other coatings. It can also be used for drywall repair by removing the texture from areas where holes have been patched and then finishing it off with a joint compound, which will provide you smoother surfaces.
Sandpaper sponges are also handy when resurfacing concrete walls; they’re durable, lightweight, easy-to-clean up, and inexpensive enough that you can use them until they wear out fully.