How to Properly Install Drywall in Your Home

Drywall, often called sheetrock, is a popular wall finish found in many houses today. Experts install it, and the entire home can be put up and “hung” in one day. Spackling, taping, and sanding takes four to five additional days before it’s time to paint. Anyone can put up Drywall with some practice and get the desired result.

If you can observe someone hanging the or even doing the taping and spackle job, it could be a massive aid in understanding how they go about it. Drywall comes in various thicknesses, and there are kinds for specific applications. The most popular type of Drywall is one-half inch thick and is utilized in most areas of any home. Ceilings and walls both use half-inch drywall. My state has 5/8-inch-thick Drywall or half-inch fire code-compliant drywalls needed in garages attached and over a boiler in the house or furnace in the basement. The Drywall in boiler rooms and garages requires just a single coat of spackle and tape, referred to as a fire coat. This is to stop a fire from entering the Drywall’s joints and the screws.

Bathrooms are typically considered wet zones; hence, a special green or water-resistant drywall can be utilized in all wet areas. If ceramic tiles are to be installed, the Drywall is a specific rough surface that is a cement board. Drywall comes with lead-lined linings for rooms for X-rays, clear insulation paper backings, printed decoration faces, and many other particular applications.

The standard sheets of Drywall are available in four-foot widths, but lengths range from eight feet to 16 feet in the most common sizes. Different measurements in a particular order are also readily available—a lot of lumber and box store yards stock lengths of up to twelve feet. There are also sheets of 14 and 16 feet being ordered. Most homeowners opt for sizes up to eight feet because of the ease of handling the material, but on a 12-foot wall, this creates an additional vertical four-foot joint that needs to be sealed and taped. A 12-foot sheet will extend from the corner from corner to corner. If you do that across the entire home, you’re witnessing many feet work for sanding and taping. That’s a lot of working hours.

It is generally the work of two people because managing the sheets is difficult. Even a two-person crew is not enough if you are installing Drywalls Estimates on the ceiling. One person is holding each sheet, and the third is putting in the screws or nails to attach it to the studs or the rafters and ensuring that the sheet is secured on the wall on the same level as the rest of the sheets can be an exercise. I’ve seen professional installers hang five-eighths-inch sheets at twelve feet on their own; this is not easy and requires many years of training. Renting the drywall lift to raise and keep the sheet securely allows you to work independently.

It is widely recommended to utilize screws for applying Drywall to ceilings. Screws are available in different lengths that can be used to meet the requirements; however, an inch and five eights in length are the standard sizes utilized. Screws are available in galvanized or stainless finishes, too.

The purchase of a high-quality gun for Drywall will spare your muscles from an expensive home owner’s gun. These guns can be used for a variety of home projects. Choose a reputable one. It is recommended to put an inch-long screw around the edge of the sheet. You should also double screw every eight inches along the sheet’s field. This screw pattern can prevent and avoid the so-called “nail pops.” Nails with time tend to pull away in a small way due to the wall’s weight and gravity, causing the spackle to become loose and break out. Screws are not likely to loosen over time. When you install the screws, push them into the wall until the screw’s head is about a foot below the surface without damaging the paper surface on the surface of the plaster. Do this a few times before you are ready. The best screw guns come with a built-in clutch that is adjustable to press as hard as you would like, but the screw tip can only drive the screw to the correct distance. After adjusting, your speed will increase since you’re just moving screws, not focusing on each one in terms of the space it’s driven, etc.

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