Basic Drywall Tools
Welcome to our Basic Drywall Tools List!
Here is a list, with suggestions, of all of the basic drywall tools you will need for any drywalling job. Without these tools your drywall installation will be nearly impossible to complete.
Many of these “basic tools” are simple things that most people already have around the house. If you don’t already have them, now is a good time to buy them because these all-purpose tools will come in handy for many jobs.
A decent razor knife will run around $8-12 American at your local hardware store. We highly advise when purchasing a razor knife to get an easy change blade. They will be in the $12 range but are well worth the extra few dollars.
Be sure when purchasing a razor knife that you pick up a few extra blades, because cutting drywall will dull them quickly.
Drywall or “Putty” Knives - A drywall knife is a flat knife as depicted in the image and is not used for cutting. Instead the drywall knife is used for spreading mud across seams.
Drywall knives very in size from 2-12” depending on what application the knife is being used. A drywall knife can run from $3-18. You will want to purchase a metal knife and not a plastic disposable.
You will need, at a minimum, a 6” knife, a 10” knife, and a 12” knife.
Inside Corner Knife - The inside corner knife is exactly what the title suggests. It is a drywall knife used to put mud on inside corners. An inside corner knife will range in price from $8-14. If you’re working on corners this is a must have if you are not this is a non mandatory item.
Sanding Blocks - Sanding blocks are a necessity. You can get them in different grits depending on what type of finish you are trying to establish. Typically, a 150 grit sandpaper is used to finish drywall. You may also pick up a corner sanding block which is a must if you are doing inside corners. Sanding blocks will typically range from $6-10.
Many hardware stores and lumber yards will also have specialty drills made solely for installing drywall and setting the depth. The price on drills ranges greatly. Depending on brand and specialty the price can fall between $35-350. This gives all you tool enthusiasts a chance to buy some new toys.
Pencil - Nothing more really needs to be said. You will need a regular pencil for marking lines and measurements. Or you can purchase a contractor’s pencil, which is more heavy-duty and less likely to break.
Compass - An ordinary compass is a must have tool when creating a circle holes in drywall. You would need this when cutting out for a light fixture. A compass will run around $2.
That’s it. Basic drywalling tools are really not very expensive, and as I mentioned before, you probably already have most of them. The few others – such as the drywall square & pole sander – can come in handy for a variety of other household jobs.
Best of luck with your drywall project. Click here to move on to our Advanced Drywall Tools or move on to our Rental Drywall Tools.