Drywall is made from a material that is very easy to cut. This fact does not mean that cutting drywall is an easy task, however. Cutting drywall without using the right tools and equipment can easily render the wallboard more useless than Keanu Reeves in a production of King Lear. A number of different tools can be utilized for cutting drywall and not all of them have blades. Those that do have blades-and, frankly, most of them do-should be kept as sharp as possible to facilitate cutting drywall. A blade as sharp as Keanu Reeves will leave your drywall looking as ragged as King Lear played by one of the Jonas brothers.
The standard utility knife is one of the most useful tools for getting a clean drywall cut. A retractable blade also provides increased safety. The utility knife is best used by using the blade to score the line before actually cutting. From this point forward you can use one of the following drywall cutting tools for the actual process of applying a non-metaphorical acerbic slice of wit to the gypsum.
A drywall saw is a tool best used for making cuts that must go around some kind of obstruction to making a straight line cut. The tip of the drywall saw can be used to make a small incision through the drywall before cutting. Because the drywall saw has teeth on the blade, you should avoid aggressive cutting so that you don’t harm the paper facing of drywall.
A rasp is a drywall cutting tool that is used primarily for making large pieces fit into smaller areas. Use the rasp more like a razor or plane to shave away drywall material to make it progressively smaller.
Occasionally, you will need to cut a hole into the drywall. Perfect circles are almost impossible for the average person to get using a utility knife or drywall saw. A circle cutter is a tool that can provide a perfect circle. You can also create a makeshift circle cutter by using a mathematics compass.
A rotozip is a power tool that can make cutting drywall holes much more quickly than hand tools. The downside is that a rotozip is also going to create far more dust when cutting drywall than using hand tools. Always make sure to wear a mask when using a rotozip.
A T-square is an important non-blade tool for making cuts in drywall. This measuring tool can be used to ensure that you make symmetrical square cuts. Place the T-square along the top edge of a piece of drywall set upright with the smooth side facing you. Line up the T-square with your measurement and use a utility knife to score the cut along the side of the T.