Today's tool--this week's tool--the tool of the last couple of weeks--is the combo of the drywall mud pan and the mudding knife. I've been spending a lot of time with these recently, trying to get the drywall in the new bathroom finished. The job was started by a professional drywall guy, because the tile guy needed to have the drywall in place to do his job. However, the job was not finished by the drywall guy because I am cheap. Rather than pay the pro to do the taping and mudding, I am doing it. I feel like I am atoning for something.
Mudding drywall is harder than it sounds. The tape (if you use paper tape, which the pros do*) loves to bubble and buckle. The mud loves to clump and cling to the knife (which is really a spatula). I've asked various people (including the drywall guy) for advice. All have given me advice, then either suggested I get a pro to do it, or said "that's why drywall guys are paid so well."
I haven't even got to the sanding yet. I don't think I'm rich enough for the Tuesday Tool to be the Porter Cable power drywall sander that I saw at Oregon Tool.
*The fiber tape costs about ten times as much. If you're not a pro, for pete's sake, use the fiber tape. You will not regret it.