Step-By-Step Guide to Drywall Using Marshalltown Tools

Drywall is an essential part of any building and it has become known as a task that requires skill and experience to get right. This isn’t always the case however and with a little instructional guidance and the right selection of Marshalltown tools, most novice DIY’ers could happily tackle the project. The key is time and patience in order to create a smooth wall and a professional finish. If possible start with smaller jobs such as repair work and touch ups before moving onto larger scale projects such as complete rooms. When you are ready to take on the job from start to finish, this step-by-step guide should prove beneficial.

Hanging Drywall

Hanging the drywall is all about measuring, cutting and screwing but it also takes some muscle to lift the heavy panels, so two people are better than one. You need to carefully measure your panels so that both ends land on a beam or joist so it can be screwed into place. You’ll need a t-square and utility knife to score and snap the panels to size. Carefully measure and mark the position of any electrical boxes, power outlets or light fixtures and cut them out with a Marshalltown tools keyhole saw.

Preparing the Surface

Now that the core of your wall is up, you need to do some preparation to the surface in order to give your compound the best chance of going on smoothly.

• Drive protruding screwheads
Take your screwdriver and look up and down the walls or ceiling in search for any screws that are protruding from the panels. Use your hand to feel them sticking out if it’s easier. Any that you find, drive them into the panel until they are slightly below the surface.

• Remove loose paper
Again use your hands to feel around for any loose paper that can sometimes occur particularly around the edges. Tear this away so there is no danger of it coming loose and mixing with the compound.

Applying Joint Compound

• Cover the joints

Now you should be ready to apply your first layer of joint compound. Apply the first coat using a small putty knife or trowel and take small amounts of compound at a time. Fill screw holes as well as the joints between each panel and then use long slow sweeping motions to provide a smooth and even coverage. Finish by scraping any excess compound back into the pan after each pass.

• Apply the tape
Apply a length of tape to the joint and starting at the centre, gently yet firmly use the knife to push it into the compound. Return to the centre and then apply the same action to the other half of the tape.

Work the Corners of the Room

Repeat the process outlined above to the corners of the room. A special corner trowel is available from Marshalltown tools, which allows you to get a tight and sharp edge right into the corners. Continue to work your way around the room until the first layer of compound and a length of tape has been applied to all joints.


Never attempt to start sanding until you’re sure that the compound is completely dry in all areas. You can identify this by determining whether it is uniformly white throughout. Sand slowly and gently in order to smooth down the compound but not enough to begin interfering with the tape.

Additional Coats

You are now ready to apply your next coat and this should be done with a larger trowel or float. Apply this second layer to every spot that you did the first time around but unlike the first time, no more tape is applied to the wall. Allow the compound to dry overnight and then sand and repeat once again with a third coat.

Prepare for Primer

Preparing the surface for primer before you paint or wallpaper simply requires a gentle rub down with a damp sponge or cloth. Allow it to dry and your brand new and perfectly smooth wall is ready to be decorated!