How to Install a Drywall 

An important part of building a house or commercial space is installing a drywall, which is also known as a wall board or sheetrock. Drywall is not as popular before as it is now, and it will take a long time for the contractor to build a foundation that holds the wallpaper or paint. Now, with the right amount of experience and materials, you can install one on your own. Follow the guide below.  

Drywall 

Step 1: Understanding Drywall 

Drywall typically comes in 4×8 sheets, though 4×12 is available, you would hire a professional to avail of one. Drywall is also installed horizontally. The thickness option of drywall ranges from ¼ to 5/7 and ½ is the most popular size of all. When you choose a drywall, pay attention to the environment it’s going to be installed in. For example, if the area is prone to moisture, you might want to opt for the “green rock” drywall which is a moisture resistant drywall. It is helpful especially in areas where there’s a lot of moisture, like kitchen or bathroom.  

Step 2: Inspect the Installation Site 

Next thing to do is inspecting the installation site. Prepare the wall area where the drywall is going to be installed. Remove the nails, old drywall, screws and any obstructions. Check for termites and moisture damage that might make the drywall installation a problem. You might find steel studs on the wall, don’t worry about that because steel studs are good for drywall because it’s termite proof.  

Step 3: Measure the Drywall for the Ceiling  

When you measure the drywall, start from a corner. Don’t leave the drywall’s end unsupported. Screw the end to a strapping piece. Run down glue down each joist over which the drywall is going to be installed. Start from the corner, and then hoist the drywall up to the ceiling. Drive screws across the drywall’s middle part and into the joist. Repeat the process for the joist underneath the drywall. Continue with the hoisting, gluing and screwing the drywall.  

Step 4: Measure the Drywall for the Wall 

After measuring and cutting for the ceiling, do it for the wall this time. Use a stud finder to make the location of stuffs. Run a masking tape along the floor as the stud is exposed. Mark the center with a marker. Then, measure the wall. When you cut the drywall; use a razor knife and T-square. Run a bead of glue down each joist. Next, hoist the drywall on the wall. Use a drill to install the screws. While continuing on installing the drywall, trim some excess drywall later. Continue gluing, screwing and hoisting.  

Step 5: Mud and Tape the Drywall 

Mix the mud and drywall compound until it has the consistency of sour cream. Apply directly over the seam. Apply a liberal amount of mud to the seam; use a drywall knife to do this. Put drywall tape to where you applied the mud to. Use a putty knife to flatten it out. Wipe off excess mud from the seam, then flatten it.  

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