I fall into the latter category. Drywall, or my term of endearment: “Sh@#rock” is a chore I would rather not spend a lot of time doing. Because of this, I was resolved to find ways to expedite my time spent with this vile, dusty, and wholly necessary construction material. If you fall into the category of not minding drywall: Feel free to stop reading. Your techniques and skills do not need honing. If you enjoy drywall you are probably either: A demon, an evil mastermind, or someone’s in-law.
For those with the good sense to not enjoy it, allow me to explain a helpful tip for measuring, and cutting drywall with ease using the “Score & Pop” method. (For those keeping track at home, yes I count that as at least two points on the innuendo scale). For simplicity’s sake, let us assume we need to cut a 4’x 8’x 1/2’’ sheet of drywall in half lengthwise. In the trades this is known as a rip. Cross cuts are across the material the short way. (2x4x8’ cut across the 3 ½’’ standard size). Rips are the long way.
Place the sheet against a wall on the 8’ side. Take your tape measure and lock it at 24 inches. Put the tape measure so that the hook end is “in the field”. Meaning, the hook end is where you will be cutting. No need for pencil marks or chalk lines. Take your utility knife and place the blade on the inside of the hook of your tape, and apply pressure. Move the tape with one hand, while you simultaneously “score” (1 innuendo point) the drywall. It is important that you move the tape measure and knife as close to parallel to each other in order to stay as accurate as possible.
Scoring the drywall will allow you to make a couple more quick passes with your knife without having to use the tape measure. Get in there good. Make sure you’ve cut through the paper, and gotten into the actual “rock” part of the drywall. Now comes the cool part. Lean the sheet away from the wall, and seat the bottom edge against the base of the wall. Channel your inner Ralph Macchio. (He was the Karate Kid, and if you haven’t seen that movie cease reading and go rent it. Now.) When the inner Karate Kid fills your soul, give the drywall a good “pop” by slapping along the score line on the opposite side of your cut. Doing so should get the drywall to break along your cut—but not separate.
What you should have is a piece of drywall that is roughly in the shape of a “V”. Taking your utility knife, draw it along about half to three quarters of the length of your cut, on the backside, or opposite the original score cut. Bring the drywall back out of its “V” and as you get close to vertical, give it another good tug while using your foot to keep the bottom half seated against the wall.
If all goes right—it will “pop” and separate from the bottom piece. Blammo. One ripped piece of drywall. (5 total innuendo points. 2 bonus points for a Karate Kid reference, and that weirdo relationship between Daniel-San and Mr. Miyagi–that somehow flew above my head as a kid.)