previous
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
next
Pin It

There's a Better Way: Drywall Cutting-Tool Protection Strips

An ingenious alternative use for paper-face metal drywall tape

Length: 2:22
Produced By: John Ross

Thanks to Greg Langdon and his father, Ralph, of Louisville, Ky., for a smart tip you can file under "Why didn't I think of that?" Rotary cutting tools, like the RotoZip used in the video, are great for making accurate cuts in drywall for outlet boxes and switch boxes, and for routing holes for recessed-light cans. But they aren't so great for making cuts adjacent to soft surfaces that you need to protect, such as finished or painted drywall. To avoid damaging the finished drywall when Greg needed to make a large cutout for a pass-through, his father suggested using a strip of paper-faced metal drywall tape as a bushing guide for the router's bit to ride against. The result was a clean edge for Greg and a useful tip for you.

Video by: John Ross

From Fine Homebuilding 200
November 13, 2008