pipe wrench

What Is A Pipe Wrench?

To complete any task in an efficient manner, one must have the proper hand tools at his or her disposal. In many cases, this includes a pipe wrench of one type or another. For some, this tool is quite familiar. Others, however, might wonder, “wha...
How To Use A Plunger To Unclog A Toilet

How To Use A Plunger To Unclog A Toilet

Most everyone has seen a plunger tucked away under a bathroom sink, or situated discreetly behind a toilet, at some point in time. If you have never found yourself in a scenario that required the use of such a tool, consider yourself lucky. Howev...
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What Is A Pole Sander?

It likely comes as no surprise to most that a quality paint job begins with thorough drywall prep work.  Prior to laying the first brushstroke, a surface should be cleaned and sanded, leaving nothing but a smooth work surface to contend with...
drywall knife

What Is A Drywall Knife?

Properly hanging and finishing drywall is, in many ways, an art form. Accomplishing such a feat requires the use of multiple tools, specially designed to aid in endeavors of this nature. Of these specialty drywall tools, few are as valuable as a ...
t-square for drywall

What Is A T-square?

At times, a home improvement project might call for precise measurement of one type or another. In many cases, such measurements are taken to ensure that a particular surface is “square”, or evenly cut. This is achieved with the use of one or mor...
drywall saw

What Is A Drywall Saw?

If you have spent much time in the world of DIY home repair, then you are likely familiar with the task of hanging drywall. While such projects tend to be rather labor intensive, significant hardship can be saved simply by using the correct tools fo...
drywall sanding block

What Is A Sanding Block?

When studying any recently completed project, one’s eye naturally focuses upon the fine details that comprise a work’s fit and finish. When it comes to any DIY woodworking project, attention generally turns to the manner in which a particular surfac...
mud on drywall

How Many Coats Of Mud On Drywall?

If you’re doing your first drywall job, you’re probably wondering - how many coats of mud on drywall? Your first coat will be to fill in seams and hold your tape in place. After that, you’ll need a minimum of 2-3 more coats. It can take up to ...
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When Was Drywall Invented?

Drywall was invented in 1916 by the United States Gypsum Company (USG.) However, the use of it did not immediately catch on. It wasn’t until the 1940s that USG was able to position itself as a leading building supplier. By the 1950s, drywall had ...
drywall vs cement board

Drywall vs Cement Board

In all likelihood, every time you’ve thought of cement backer board, you were getting ready for a tiling project. Well, it turns out that you can actually swap out drywall for cement board - but that doesn’t mean you should ditch your standard gy...