How to Hang Drywall 

» Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Drywall Repair | 0 comments

Drywall is becoming a popular construction materials used for building walls in the house. It has a lot of benefits like fire resistant, sound proof, durable and many more. Drywall comes in 3 basic thicknesses, the ¼ for arches and curved walls, 3/8 for covering existing walls and 5/8 as the most soundproof and thickest. If you want to hang the drywall by yourself, you can do a DIY approach. Just make sure you the tools (which we will mention in this article) and an experience when it comes to construction stuff like this.  

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When you hang a drywall using the DIY approach, your goal should be to create the fewest number of seams possible. What does this mean? It means that you should work with the largest pieces and panels that you can safely handle. To start the task, prepare the room where you’re hanging the drywall. Cover all plumbing and electric lines. Remember if you’re not familiar with the task, just call drywall repair contractors 

Step 1:  

First, apply adhesive tapes to the studs to prevent popped nail heads. If you don’t know what a stud is, it’s the vertical frame that holds the wall structure in its place. The adhesive will help the drywall panel to hold in its place.  

Align both vertical sides using studs to successfully hold the first sheet close to the corner and across the ceiling. Hammer them to hold them in place. Remember, the nail heads should be beneath the drywall’s surface.  

Step 2:  

Measure the space and allocate ¼ inch so you can install easily. Mark and score the second drywall panel’s front side. Snap the gypsum part and using a knife, cut the paper backing. After that, make sure you smooth the rough edges using a rasp. It will scrape away the edges of any hard materials.  

After this, the second piece should be taken into place with ring drywall nails. Ring drywalls nails are characterized by the rings around the nail, which it makes them a powerful fastener. It creates more friction with the wood which then holds the drywall in place better than what traditional nails can do. Do not forget to mark the studs for driving screws later.  

Step 3:  

Now, drive the screws into the studs. The screws should be 3/8 inch from the edge. They should be 8 inches apart along the vertical joints and 16 inches apart in the middle. Remember, the head of the screws should be just below the paper.  

Use the score-snap-rasp method to measure and cut the width and height needed for the wall in the bottom row. Next, mark the electrical boxes on the panel’s bottom row. Measure from the top of the box to the top panel’s bottom. Make sure the electricity is turned off.   

Step 4:  

Measure the width and height of the electric box. On a piece of drywall, create a pattern. Cut out the pattern for the electric box using a serrated drywall knife. To successfully hold the panel into place, use a foot lift. Make sure it’s ½ inch off the floor. Finally, hang the drywall piece and drive the screws once again.  

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