BTE Tools

Discontinued Better-Than-Ever Items

BT-R-C-01
Inside Corner Roller

BT-A-F-01

Flat Applicator

BT-A-OC-01

Outside Corner Applicator


BT-A-OC-45

45 degree outside corner applicator


BT-A-IC-45

45 degree inside corner applicator)

 

These Better-Than-Ever items have been discontinued. Feel free to call us with any questions: 800-258-6245

Written by Eric Lewis — January 09, 2014

Drywall Fail!

Drywallers love to share their successes online. Perfectly taped and finished jobs are shared across the internet. What's more interesting though? Drywall fails! Check out these images that show some of our favorite terrible drywall jobs.

 

Is this a drywall job or a jigsaw puzzle? Our favorite part is the dabs of tape on the top. Truly excellent work.

 

Professionals-do you think this is halfway done, or just poorly done? Looks like someone just had to get the job done quickly...

 

The combination of mold, terrible paint and terrible drywall work here makes this a winner.

 

 

The contractor on this job must have been a Zebra-excellent attempt at a stripe pattern. 2/10.

Sometimes it's best to leave the hole open. 

 

Don't make these same mistakes-use Better-Than-Ever Tools!

Written by Eric Lewis — November 01, 2013

How to Clean and Maintain Your Tools

Keeping your drywall tools clean can ensure they live a long life. It can even save you some money and time in the long run. Most of the problem with cleaning drywall tools comes from the obvious-the mud! Joint compound can get in and out of everything it touches and can harden to become almost impossible to remove. When dealing with expensive drywall tools and large amounts of mud, it's only a matter of time until you will need to clean your tools. Here's the way to do it:

Step 1 -- Scrape, Soak, Scrape and Soak Again

First, scrape off your mud. Remove as much as possible with your putty knife. You'll need a large bucket with warm water for soaking. As you scrape, continue to soak the mud for a few minutes at a time. This will help to keep the mud from becoming stiff and will allow for easier scraping. Once you've got as much as you can off, go for a longer soak. This will help to remove the pesky bits that just won't come off.

Step 2 -- Scrub A Dub Dub

Begin with a fresh bucket full of clean water. Get a scouring surface or pad and begin to remove the last bits of mud from the tool. Be careful as scouring pads can damage some plastic or stainless steel tools. Make sure you continue to add hot water during the process and scrub away. Once the tools are clean, dry them as soon as possible. Any dry towel or rag will work. Make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies so that you don't miss any joint compound. Dump your dirty water in a safe location.

Step 3 -- Run Off The Rust

Anything that has gotten wet can get rusty. With all this soaking and scrubbing, you're likely to need some rust protection for your tools. This protection comes in the form of sprays, polishes and other substances that can be applied directly to your tools. You will need ventilation as these substances can pack a punch. Do not leave excessive rust protection on the tool; apply and wipe away. Always store your tools in a safe and dry area.


Written by Eric Lewis — September 16, 2013

Essential Drywall Tools

When it comes to finishing drywall, you don't need to blow out all the stops regarding tools. Finishing drywall is a complex job that can be done with simple tools, many of them available from Better-Than-Ever Tools. These are the basic building blocks that form a simple and effective tool set for finishing drywall. Without further ado, here is our list, based on professional experience:

Utility Razor Knife

Your utility knife should have a fixed blade for strength. Your knife will need to be able to score, pinch and cut through drywall, so it's best to purchase a utility knife made specifically for this purpose.

Tape Measure

A measuring tape is essential. Get your numbers right twice and cut once with the best tape measure you could find. You will want at least 30 ft of length for measuring drywall applications. 

Utility Saw

You never know when you might need to tear through some drywall. The Better-Than-Ever Jab Saw is specifically made for drywall work. With 11" of length and a serrated blade, it is perfectly made for tearing, sawing and ripping drywall. A rubber grip will keep you steady while you work. 

Drywall Hammer

A proper drywall hammer can reduce a room to rubble in a flash. The Better-Than-Ever Drywall Hatchet does even more. With a hammer end as well as a hatchet end, you'll never need another tool in hand.

Mud Pan

The mud pan or mud bucket is the reservoir for your all-important drywall mud. You can store mud and wipe your blade. You can also use a plastic bucket for many of the same purposes.

Drywall Sander

It doesn't get any better than the super sander. The increased angle range makes it so useful you'll have a hard time putting it down. The reduced flipping leads to increased production. With heavy duty construction, the Super Sander is built to last.

Sanding Blocks with Varying Grit

At some point in the job, you'll have some sanding to do-by hand. When this happens, you'll want various grits to get you through the job. 

Written by Eric Lewis — September 16, 2013