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Mastered in a Minute

Mastered in a Minute

Cut Drywall Without a T-Square

comments (0) July 21st, 2014 in Blogs
JFink Justin Fink, Senior Editor

For use with Mastered in a Minute videos only

Produced by: Colin Russell and Justin Fink

Our newest video series: "Mastered in a Minute"

The internet has opened up a world where people can share in-depth content like never before. Want to know how to solder a copper pipe? just type it into a web browser and in less than 1/2 of a second, you have 698,000 options to choose from (I checked).

But you know how it goes... a thousand of those will be baiting you to buy prescription drugs from foreign countries, 500 will actually be cute cat videos, and the rest will mean settling in for dimly lit home videos shot from a tripod that's a blurry 8 feet away from the action, while the overly wordy "expert" works through a 15-minute explanation of how to do a one-minute job.

Starting right now, Fine Homebuilding, the building experts you've trusted for 33 years, aims to change all that with the introduction of "Mastered in a Minute."

This is a video series geared towards you: an audience that is sick of the talking heads and fluffy content. An audience that just wants to know how to do a single building task, the right way, in about a minute.

So stay tuned, because starting now, we'll be adding a new "Mastered in a Minute" video every week, covering concrete to crown molding, and everything in between.

And we'd love to hear your ideas. No topic is too complicated or too simple.


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Video transcript: Cut Drywall Without a T-Square

Pull your tape measure just beyond the length or width of the piece you need -- in this case, let's make it 20 inches--Now pinch the tape between thumb and forefinger at the 20 inch mark. At the business end of the tape, place your utility knife blade against the hook, and pinch both between your fingers. Starting at the edge of the sheet of drywall, pull both left and right hands across the sheet scoring the paper face of the drywall as you move. After scoring, grab the edge of the sheet near to your score mark and firmly snap the other end of the sheet to break the gypsum core. Now run the utility knife along the other paper face, separating the two halves.

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