To mark or cut drywall to size, hold the tape measure at the distance needed with your thumb and finger, then slide your finger along the edge of the sheet with a pencil or utility knife positioned against the end of the tape. Another option is to set a combination square to the proper distance, and use it as a guide to make a mark or cut.

Once the cut has been made on the face side of the drywall, bend the sheet away from the face until it breaks, and cut the paper on the backside to complete the cut.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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