Attachment Tools

This story is a gallery of the tools used for fastening when working with drywall.

A drywall hammer has a domed face that's less likely to break the face paper of panels than a carpenter's hammer. The checkered pattern on the face also creates a slight texture that helps drywall compound adhere. The head is lighter and slightly larger than a standard hammer, and aligned at a slight angle, all to make it easier to set a nail properly into drywall. A nail slot helps you pull errant fasteners, and the end is tapered (but not sharpened) for prying tasks.

You'll need a caulking gun for applying panel adhesive. If you have to install a few plastic corner beads, buy a manual staple gun. If you're tackling a big project, consider renting or buying an electric or pneumatic (air-powered) gun.

Add a dimpler attachment to your drill, and you'll drive drywall screws with minimal risk of overdriving that breaks the face paper. A corded screwgun is an efficient driving tool that features a depth-limiting adjustment. Equip your screwgun with an accessory self-feeding attachment, and you'll drive fasteners that are collated on plastic strips. You can also purchase self-feeding screwguns that are corded or cordless.


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