Basic drywall tools to get the job done

These are the most commonly used drywall tools. One thing about the metal tools is that if they aren’t stainless steel, they will rust.

You might think that by the time they start to rust, your project will be finished. That’s what I thought, but metal drywall tools start to rust so fast that the very next day, you’re scraping the rust off them so they don’t leave streaks on the walls.

taping knife
4-inch trowels or or sometimes called taping knifes, are what is used to set the tape into place with the first layer of mud. Some tapers use different sized knifes.


taping trowel

6-inch trowels are used to apply the second layer of mud on the seams and corners.


taping trowel

8-inch trowels aren’t used as much as 10-inch trowels, but it usually depends on the taper’s preference.


drywall trowel

10-inch trowels are used mostly for final coats.


drywall float

12-inch trowels give that extra bit of coverage to create the seamless illusion.



Some tapers use mudpans, others prefer mudplates. They’re both good.


corner trowel

Corner trowels can be very handy. This is an inside corner trowel.



Sometimes a float comes in handy to use for mudding. It’s a versatile drywall tool.


keyhole saw

Some people still use keyhole saws to cut out outlet box and light box holes.


drwall beater

Most mud comes too thick and needs to be thinned down with water. This tools connects to your drill.


drywall texture

Mud hoppers are really handy when you want to texture your walls. It connects to an air compressor hose.


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