Simple Suggestions On Installing Drywall For A Smooth And Even Final Product

Making the decision to put drywall into a home or office can be a daunting task but, the following tips on installing drywall will make the task easier to grasp and complete. It is important to remember to have all of the tools necessary to complete the job.

Measuring is one of the most important parts of the process. Having correct measurements will save the aggravation of running out in the middle of a job to get more drywall supplies. There are different sizes and thicknesses of drywall. If you are new to this type of work it will be easier to use drywall sheets that are four feet wide by eight feet long and 1/2 inch thick for walls and 5/8 inch for ceilings. Green board will be required if doing a bathroom or another area that will be prone to moisture.

Proper measuring is crucial to be sure there are enough sheets to cover the room. For easy determination of amounts needed, measure the entire area. Begin with the ceiling followed by the walls, remember length times width equal total square feet, divide this total by thirty two. The amount will provide you with how many four by eight sheets are required to complete the area. Also get an extra sheet for mistakes or errors in cutting. Other supplies needed include: nails, hammer or screw gun and screws. You will also need corner bead, a drywall knife, keyhole saw, buckets of drywall mud, mud pan, drywall tape and knifes. There are three knives you will need, a six inch, eight inch and twelve inch and sandpaper.

Before hanging any drywall the building should have passed previous inspection to include framing, electrical wiring, insulation and plumbing. The ceiling will be the first to be completed and requires lifts or jacks to hold the sheets in place while screwing into the framing. Put a screw approximately every twelve inches apart along the length of the stud. The screw or nail should be recessed in order to prevent popping later.

The walls should be completed from the top and working down. If the boards are slightly staggered while hanging they will provide a sturdier wall. When the wall is completed there will be a gap of approximately 1/2 from sub flooring to the bottom of the wall. Use the keyhole saw to cut around any electrical outlets.

After all the drywall has been hung the remaining part of this process is to do the finishing. Put corner bead on the corners either by using mud or screwing into place, it will depend on the style of beading you have purchased.

Next using the six inch knife apply a layer of compound over a seam then place the drywall tape over the mud. Using the six inch knife and light pressure slide the knife over the tape starting in the center and working up, then from center down. The knife should have slight pressure and lay almost flush against the wall. This pulls the mud from the center out through the tape to make it adhere and lay flat. Using the small knife fill in all screw holes. Allow to dry overnight.

On the following day you will be filling in the seams to provide an even surface. With the eight inch or a ten inch knife if eight was used to tape, start at the bottom of the wall and apply a layer of mud smoothly over the tape. It will be thick but, try to avoid excessive bulk. This will need to dry overnight. The next day you will sand and apply a skim coat. When sanding the seams avoid putting to much pressure on the sanding or it will go through to the tape. When all sanding is complete, using the ten inch or twelve inch knife, apply a fine layer of mud over the seams. During this step very little mud is used and most is removed, it is only to provide an extra smooth surface. Vacuum all dust in between coats and remember to wipe dust from walls prior to painting. These tips on installing drywall also apply to those who are hanging green board in moisture prone areas.

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