How to Cut Drywall EFFICIENTLY!

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hello and welcome to Vancouver carpenter

today I'm gonna teach you guys how I do

that fancy slide cutting trick that you

see all the drywallers do that is if you

ever see drywallers anywhere I'm also

going to show you a couple other little

tips to efficiently cut drywall well the

first thing you're gonna need is a tape

measure and a knife but what I do here

is I put it on the inside right here and

I make sure that its resting nice and

flat on there if you can see that and I

pinch it between these two fingers and

so the next trick is making sure that

I'm always pulling out this hand however

is obviously pinching the tape measure

where I want it to go but what I mean is

I've always got it under tension and

that's what helps keep it locked in the

same position instead of wavering like

this so you put outward pressure to hold

it nice and steady first I want to get a

measurement for what I need here so it's

probably gonna be the same height as

this one which is 37 and 3/8 next what

I'm gonna do is measure from the bottom

so I'm hooking onto the drywall and I'm

gonna put my knife in at 37 and 3/8 so

that's right there and I just make a

little puncture so usually what you have

is you're gonna have a stack of sheets

of drywall leaning up against a wall

right now I just have one but usually

try and find an unimpeded surface for it

to be against so if this was a bare wall

like the studs then what happens if you

just got one sheet is your knuckles bump

on each stud and it's hard to hold it

steady or a door jamb could give you the

same kind of problem but usually you've

got about ten sheets or so all stacked

up and lined up so you can do lots of

cuts all the way down and then once you

get to the last one that's where it's a

bit trickier okay so how do we do this

alright get your knife in position find

that little puncture you just made and

then what you do is you pinch your blade

and so I've got my finger resting right

here and I'm getting ready to pull and

what I'm gonna make sure of is that I

don't warble like this that I stay

totally parallel and so I'm keeping it

taut and I'm just gonna go along here

like so

and I think I went a tiny bit out of

square so that's gonna make this a bit

short possibly 10 and 9/16 Oh 10 and 5/8

so I have a 16th of difference but that

is more than good enough for drywall if

you're going to a sixteenth of an inch

with drywall you're gonna have a lot of

blown out corners something to keep in

mind here is let's say you've got a

bunch of 2-inch cuts you need to make so

before you go and snap this off and then

go to make another cut so like let's say

I'm doing a bunch of 2-inch rips down

here instead of doing a two inch rip

breaking it off and then doing another

two inch one what you do is you make all

your marks two inches four inches six

inches and it gets a little bit harder

when it gets this small but you can

still do it

so that way what I did was I used this

factory edge to make sure all of these

stay straight because if you do them

individually it's going to get

progressively wavier not only that the

rough edge of the drywall is really

uncomfortable on your finger I can also

quite accurately do it this way I do

that all the time as well because I

always forget my t-square so I can

pretty easily go up to about three and a

half feet and get a decent cut but

because I want this to Stateville length

I'm not going to but it's the exact same

thing you just hold it and go down and

then when I get down to the very bottom

I can only get about this far so there's

about three inches left that I can't

actually do and what I do is I just

stand over it eyeball it and cut up

about three inches or you could have a

t-square that would be easier so after

you make your first cut just snap snap

snap it's pretty straightforward

there you go I got a bunch of two-inch

rips there so the slide cut isn't gonna

work everywhere so obviously if I try

and slide cut this it's kind of gonna

move all over the place

and I'm not about to grab clamps and

clamp this down so I can slide cut it

now some people would use a straight

edge but that requires making some marks

and going and getting a straight piece

and you know a bunch of faff in about so

what I'm gonna do let's say I want to

cut this thing right down the middle so

maybe at about two and a half inches or

so so I'm gonna go two and a half two

and a half and then what I do is I take

my tape measure I go like so and I just

the reason these methods are efficient

is because I'm not dropping the tools

that I have in my hand I'm keeping them

both in the same hands and I'm just able

to work so I'm not measuring and writing

down numbers as much and you know

getting the pencil out putting the knife

back in taking the pencil out all of

those things add up a lot over time it's

just simple economy of motion now here's

another thing I like to do to

efficiently cut drywall I filmed this

last night though and I probably have

less stubble in this clip never measure

when you don't have to there's no reason

you need to go and measure the length of

this and then go mark that on a piece of

drywall make lines and cut everything

you can just slap the piece of drywall

on here and cut it in place like so keep

in mind this is my demo wall so I'm

using nails where I would actually use

screws so I'm just gonna take this piece

of drywall right here and I'm gonna line

up one side of it tack it in place

so now that that's tacked in place I can

just take my knife and run it along the

backside of this on a bit of an angle

like so

and now I can break that in place and

it's perfectly cut so I'll do the same

thing for height too instead of now

measuring this I'm just gonna hold this

up right here and with practice you can

get good at cutting pretty straight

lines without measuring or marking or

doing any of that stuff and no need to

cut the backside and you can just join

kit off now of course I'm going to do

the exact same thing so once you get in

the habit of doing that you can actually

do a really good job and do it really

quickly and start to apply those same

techniques into all kinds of other areas

there's no need to do all this measuring

and marking that a lot of people do

because there's almost always an easier

way to do it back to today so the reason

that that's efficient should also be

pretty obvious again I'm using the

minimal amount of tools and the minimal

amount of steps to get the job done

instead of measuring everything and

faffing about and using up a bunch of


I'm simply grabbing a scrap off the

ground fastening it to the wall cut it

and it's a really great way to get all

of those small pieces done pretty

quickly anyways thanks for watching

Vancouver carpenter I hope you've got

some useful tips out of this video I

hope your projects going well and

hopefully a little more efficient that

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