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Drywall tools come in all different types and levels of quality. If you are just going to hang and finish a few sheets, you can get by with basic tools. But if you intend to be working with lots of drywall, it may pay to invest in an assortment of joint knives, t-square, stilts, a drywall taping banjo and any number of other specialty drywall tools.

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There are two types of joint compound to patch holes or cracks. Tim Carter of AsktheBuilder.com explains when you should use the fast-drying joint compound. It is how to tape and mud drywall and sand it, if you are in a hurry.

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Tim Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates a special drywall primer paint that makes drywall look as smooth as glass. Great for either drywall repair or when installing drywall.

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Drywall finishing is a skill any builder, remodeler or do-it-yourselfer needs to know. Tim Carter from AsktheBuilder.com demonstrates finishing drywall. If you follow his drywall finishing tips, you'll have no trouble with your drywall installation.

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Patching plaster walls is not too difficult depending upon the size of the holes being patched. The materials used to patch plaster are special. Drywall joint compound is not an acceptable patching material.

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Decorating finished drywall should always start with an appropriate drywall primer or drywall sealer. These paints will serve as an excellent backdrop to any paint or wallpaper you put on your drywall. Here are some decorating tips for walls.

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