Sheetrock repair tools are used to repair drywall joints, fill over screw and nail indentations, patch holes, and fix broken corners, among other tasks.
Drywall Joint Knife
A joint knife is a drywall tool used for applying joint compound. With a blade width of five or six inches, drywall joint knives are well suited for spreading taping mud over paper and fiberglass drywall tape used for seams.
They are a good for topping over nail and screw dimples. Joint knives also work well for general sheetrock repairs such as patching holes and gouges.
Drywall joint knives are constructed with wood or polypropylene handles and high carbon steel or stainless steel blades. The blades are flexible making it easier to work with joint compound and other fillers.
A taping knife is also a drywall tool used for spreading joint compound. With blade widths ranging from 8-16 inches, these knives work well to broaden joints and patches to help achieve a flatter appearance.
Taping knives are constructed with wood or polypropylene handles and high carbon blue steel or stainless steel blades. The flexible blades slightly deflect allowing greater dexterity when working with joint compound.
Wide Taping Knife
A wide taping knife is much the same as a taping knife, but with a wider blade. Wide knife blades range between 18-24 inches. Wide taping knives perform well for floating and skimming drywall with joint compound, as well as broadening joints and patches.
A mud pan is a container used to hold joint compound and other taping mud products during application. Mud pans have a rectangular shape with a flat bottom and angular side walls. They are usually constructed from plastic or stainless steel. They range in length from 8-24 inches to accommodate different sized taping knives.
A utility knife is a basic cutting tool that uses disposable razor blades. Using a utility knife is an efficient way to cut a new piece of drywall for a patch. Replacement blades are sold separately. It is a good idea to keep a small pack on hand so you have them when you need them.
A keyhole saw is a handsaw with a wooden grip and a long narrow serrated blade that comes to a sharp point. A keyhole saw is a useful tool for sheetrock repair. The narrow design of the saw blade makes it easy to transform an irregular hole in drywall into a clean square or rectangular cut that can easily be patched with a replacement piece of drywall.
A pole sander is primarily used to sand walls and ceilings. This tool can be used to sand sheetrock repair patches as well as new drywall or previously painted walls and ceilings. A pole sander consists of a sanding head and an extension pole. A typical size for the sanding pad is 9 inches by 3-1/4 inches.
Individual plastic sanding heads are also available. They have the same basic design as a pole sander head and they attach to a standard extension pole such as one you would use with a paint roller.
Pole sanders can accept standard sandpaper sheets cut to the proper size. A quick way to prepare a standard 9x11 inch sheet of sandpaper is to fold it in half and cut it into two 4-1/2 x 11 inch sheets. Pre-designed drywall sandpaper is also available.
Miscellaneous Sheetrock Repair Tools
Measuring Tape – used to size replacement drywall
Phillips Head Screw Driver – used to fasten replacement drywall