previous
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • Custom Flooring Inspiration
    Custom Flooring Inspiration
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Hot Water Now
    Hot Water Now
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
    Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Classic Cabinets
    Classic Cabinets
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 Homebuilding200
November 13, 2008