How to Cut Drywall

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This step by step diy article is about how to cut drywall. If you are installing drywall or you are making a repair, chances are that you have to make a few cut here and there, so that the panels fit into place. If you want to make accurate cuts to the sheets and not waste any material, you need to learn the basic techniques and to use the right tools for the job.

After many, many drywall projects completed, I think I have enough experience to share a few tips. First of all, you need to take proper measurements. You can make amazing cuts, but if the measurements are off, the sheet won’t fit into place. Secondly, you need to wear the right safety gear, so that you protect your lungs and eyes from dust and debris.




 Drywall sheet


 Safety gloves, Eye protection, Respiratory mask

 Electrical screwdriver, Drywall saw

 Utility knife


 If you want to get the job done quickly, use a sharp knife

 Wear a respiratory mask when cutting the drywall sheets


 5 minutes



Step 1: Gather the tools



First of all, you need to have the right tools for the job, before making the cuts. Therefore, make sure you have a ruler, a pencil, a sharp utility knife and a T-square. These tools are enough for making proper cuts to drywall sheets.



Step 2: Measure



Next, you need to measure the drywall sheet with the ruler. Mark where you want to make the cut and mark it with a pencil.



Step 3: Cut



Hold the T square tightly against the edge of the drywall sheet, so you make sure the corner is right angled. Next, hold it into place while you score the sheet from top to bottom using the utility knife. Repeat the cut a few times to make sure you go deep enough.



Step 4: Snap



Fold the drywall sheet towards you at the spot where you made the cuts. Apply steady pressure along the cut and the sheet should snap properly.



Step 5: Clean



Use the utility knife to cut the paper layer along the fold. Now you know how to cut drywall sheets as a professional in just a few minutes. As in any domain you need a little practice so that you master the technique.



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