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If you are frustrated by your current drywall rasp, Tajima Tool might have come up with a better one. Their 7″ long Combination Drywall Rasp has three different clog-free sections for shaping, beveling, and spot grinding.

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At least two companies market the equivalent of professional-grade drywall banjos directly toward remodeling consumers: Buddy Tools and Homax. Their tools are plastic versions of the more expensive metal tools used by professionals to dispense tape coated with just the right amount of drywall mud.

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We’ve covered other door and panel lifters and kickers before, but what makes the Improtec Lift’n'Lock different is you can take you foot off the device and whatever you’re lifting stays lifted. When you’re done you simply push on the yellow release lever to unlock it.

The Lift’n'Lock can raise stuff up to 2.5″ high. It’ll cost you $23 before the $14 shipping and handling charges.

Lift’n'Lock [Corporate Site]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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Forget measuring to locate recessed cans when you’re hanging drywall; Blind Mark’s Center Mark tool uses the awesome power of magnets to make finding them faster and easier.

To use the Center Mark, screw the target into the socket inside the recessed can and hang the drywall.  Then move the Center Mark locater puck approximately where the can should be, and with any luck the puck will snap into place to locate the center of the can. Finally, saw away from the puck until you hit the edge of the recessed can, jump to the outside, and saw around the outside of the can.

The Center Mark sells for $18. The Home Depot site claims the tool is only available online, but my local Home Depot had them on the shelf.

Center Mark [Blind Mark]
Center Mark [Home Depot]

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I recently saw a Hardware Aisle post about The Pulverizer™ from Ames True Temper/Jackson Tools. It’s a new fully-forged, heat-treated, multi-purpose concrete and demolition tool. The 12.8″ long Pulverizer™ weighs 3.5 pounds, has a heavy-duty 1-1/2″ faced sledge head, claw teeth, a 2″ scraper with nail puller, a triangular-shaped area below the head for ripping through drywall, and a shock-dampening, textured, TPE grip.

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This 3-in-1 drywall knife from Labor Saving Devices takes a snap-off style utility knife and adds a saw blade and a keyhole saw blade into approximately the same amount of space. It looks like the same mechanism retracts and extends all three replaceable stainless steel blades, so you probably need to remove the other two blades in order to use the third. And you can lock the blade you’re using in position so it doesn’t slide back into the handle.

For what it’s worth, Labor Saving Devices’ Three-In-One drywall knife would probably be more attractive if it didn’t cost $20. If you only had to spend a few bucks, it might be handy to have a really compact knife and saw that you could put in your pocket or pouch and forget about it until you need it.

3-in-1 Drywall Knife [Labor Saving Devices]
Street Pricing
[Google Products]

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You come back to trim out a house, and you discover the drywall guys have mudded in half your boxes — now you have to spend extra time digging out joint compound when you could be doing your job.  If you’d used SmartGuard protective plates over your boxes you wouldn’t be having this problem.

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Anything that makes finishing drywall easier is worth a look, but the Pocket Hound looks more like an amorphous blob of rubber than a tool.  Diversified Tools claims that each one of the random-looking curves helps you clean, shape, or form drywall mud around bullnose metal.

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