Drywall Measuring and Marking Tools
This category includes some tools that have been in builders' tool kits for thousands of years. But you'll also find the latest stud-sensing technology -- it's the next best thing to seeing into a wall. Equip yourself with a tape measure, pencils, a mason's line, a plumb bob, and a line level that clips onto a tightly stretched string. Choose a brightly colored line level so that it won't get lost amid construction debris. You'll need a 4-foot level to check framing and as a dependable straightedge. Use a chalk line to mark long straight cutlines. It can also serve as a plumb bob. For drywall projects steer away from red chalk because it's a permanent color. Blue, the standard color, works well. You'll want squares in an assortment of sizes. A 12-inch combination square allows you to draw square lines, and it is handy for making layout lines at a specific distance in from the edge of a board. A drywall T-square is handy for laying out and guiding cuts on a sheet of drywall.
A compass/scribe helps mark circles and the contours of irregular surfaces. A stud sensor is used to find framing studs behind walls. Electronic and magnetic finders detect the nails in a wall. New models use sound to sense the density of the studs. They can also help locate pipes and wiring inside a wall. A water level makes it easy to find and mark level on surfaces that are too far apart to use a carpenter's level -- across a room, for example.
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