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The Different Types of Automatic Drywall Tools

The Different Types of Automatic Drywall Tools

Becoming the ultimate drywaller means having the right equipment. Drywallers need to know what the best tools are and how they can effectively improve job performance. We can help get you there because knowing about tools is our specialty. Here are some different types of automatic drywall tools to consider buying.

Angle Boxes

Angle boxes are a tool all professional drywallers should get because of their power and efficiency. They’ll help achieve taping goals in half the time. They’re also called corner applicators or corner applicator boxes.

These tools dispense a joint compound to the corner finishers, or angle heads, making finishing internal corners and sheetrock angles faster and more efficient. And they have more than one function. When installing corner beds, you can combine angle boxes with compound applicator heads to apply joint compound to internal and external corners. Using these boxes is the best way to finish corners.  

The Flat Box

The flat box is great—you can take our word for it. It finishes taped drywall joints, applying skimming coats with feathered edges for a precise crown. When you get ready to use the flat box, keep your body at an angle the tool doesn’t lead you.

You don’t want to run the tool straight across all the way through. Start about three-quarters from the end of the wall and then switch positions. If you notice any bubbles during the application, you’ll need to apply a second coat of compound.

The Mud Pump

You can’t get drywall done without the mud, and you can’t effectively set up the mud without a mud pump. It helps save time on the job because of its swiftness. The mud pump fills all automatic taping and finishing tools with the use of a pump-action handle and box filler or gooseneck attachment.

The box filler valve is better for filling flat boxes and corner boxes. The gooseneck attachment works for filling bazooka automatic tapers. Bazookas perform the same job as banjos but are more suitable for larger and more frequent projects.

The Corner Roller

The corner roller is another two-for-one deal. It embeds tape securely to internal or external angles and corners. Any experienced drywaller knows how tricky those corners can be, which is why you need the corner roller.

Manufacturers designed the tool to make things easier. It also removes any excess joint compound in the process. It’s great for working with corner beads.

Nail Spotters

Nail spotters do exactly what the name suggests. Instead of spotting nails by hand, have a nail spotter do it automatically. This tool can fill and finish a row of fasteners in one pass. The handle on the spotters allows you to spot ceilings without having to use drywall stilts.

They’re lightweight and reduce the time you spend finding and coating nails and screw holes. They come in different sizes. The 2" nail spotter is ideal for a single spotter system. Use the 3" nail spotter for a final finish coat. The wheels help to glide over damp tape without causing any tearing.

Here at Timothy’s Toolbox, we have lots of different types of automatic drywall tools, including automatic drywall tapers. If you need to replenish your toolbox, shop around our website.

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