Presented here are the professional tips required for the successful cutting and installation of drywall. Learning these tips will give you an edge over others and make your job faster.
Before you start the job, it is ideal to take your time to accurately measure as well as buy the drywall panels, this will limit the amount of cutting you will have to do. It is better to use full drywall sheets and always cut the sheets to length so that the end falls inside the centre of the stud.
Drywall Tools have the capacity to make your job faster and reduce the amount of time you invest in both cutting and fitting the sheets.
Tips For Cutting
• It is a well-known fact that cutting along the length of a sheet is quite cumbersome. Therefore, the best approach is to break a chalkline along the sheet and then mark the line by hand. A tape measure will even give accurate guide lines.
• When cutting inside corners, it is better you use a drywall saw to cut one corner, then mark the other side of the drywall with a utility knife and break it back .
• To break the drywall along the mark, bend the back panel away from the mark already made because it is always simple to break the panel away. When using a drywall saw, ensure you do not scratch the surface of the paper. By holding a straight edge, make cuts away from your hand.
Steps To Vertically Cut The Drywall
• Take the following steps to vertically cut the drywall.
• Using a straight edge and utility knife, mark the panel and cut it.
• Break the drywall panel along the marked line and away from the cut side.
• To break the paper, mark the back of the panel with a utility knife and move forward to break.
• Shape and sand the edges of the panel to get rid of imperfections and bumps.
Tips For Measurement
The tips for measurement cover two different categories, thus:
Tip 1: Circular Fixtures
From the sides where the drywall sheets will be attached, measure from the centre of the fitting and then take the measurements to the drywall sheet. Using the mark as a centre point of the hole, use a circular hole cutter to mark the outline of the hole repeatedly and tap it out with a hammer.
Tip 2: Switches and Outlets
Careful marking and measurement is required for cutting square holes. Measure from the side edge of where the drywall sheet will go to both left and right sides of the box, then measure from the upper and lower edges to the top and bottom of the box. Take these marks to the drywall sheets and cut with a saw.
Cutting drywall holes can be easy with the right Drywall Tools, you will need the following special cutting tools together with your basic tape measure and utility knife for cutting drywall sheets.
Drywall Saw– You should use a drywall saw to make cuttings around an obstacle and ensure that you do not destroy the surface of the paper with aggressive force.
Rasp Tool– It is better to cut larger size of the drywall sheet and shape it accordingly than cutting smaller size. Use the rasp to shave off the excess material.
Rotozip – This is a power tool used to cut holes for fixtures faster and easier than cutting by hand. Consequently, it can create more dust during operation.
These few tips can help you in cutting your drywall panels and sheets successfully with minimal hitches.