How to install drywall

Installing a drywall can be a quite an uninteresting task. But with the help of an experienced person, the right tools and patience it is something which is not very difficult to understand. If you have a small surface to cover, installing a drywall can be a fairly good solution. But, if you are covering a large area of room with slanted cathedral ceilings, you may need to be careful to lift and secure the panels properly in place. When hanging the drywall, make sure that the plasterboard sheets bridge as many studs or joists as possible to create a stronger bond.

Handy Tip

  • Measure the wall to plan a layout and reduce the number of drywall seams in the wall;
  • Always work from top to bottom while installing the drywall;
  • Make sure to cut the pieces in proper size. As problems could develop, if you force a panel to fit in place;
  • Always fit the plasterboard sheets perpendicular to the framing;
  • Avoid any continuous seams and stagger the seams across the wall surface;
  • First install the sheet on ceilings so they can get support from the sheets on the walls;
  • Before lifting the sheet in place make sure to nail it across the top so you can easily lift the sheet with free hands and nail it in the correct place;
  • After installing the drywall you may be planning to fit a baseboard. Hence, make sure that any small gaps in the drywall are at the bottom of the wall.
  1. Install the first Drywall sheet

First, make a layout and mark the wall before hanging up the first sheet. If you are working individually, take help of a level support to lift the weight of the panel while you secure it in place. Make sure to fit the first sheet in a corner and it should fall in the center of the joist. In order to secure the panel correctly to the wall use a 1-1/4-inch drywall screws and a screw gun.

Make sure to start from the middle. Secure the panel into each joist with the help of a screw of every 8 inches. Also, ensure to fasten the sheet at least 3/8 inch away from the outside edge of the sheet. Screws should be set properly in the drywall and don’t  break the paper covering while you drive the screw into the surface.

  1. Double-nail the sheet

If you want to secure to the drywall properly in place, make sure to double-nail it. Insert nails in parallel rows that are at a distance of 2 inches. Fix each nail at the same time. Never drive the first nail before fixing the second nail.

  1. Install the drywall by using an adhesive

Use a bead of caulk along each joist while leaving a 6-inch gap along the edges of where the piece of sheet will end. Press the sheet in properly in place. Use nails around the perimeter of the sheet to set it in place.

  1. Use tape

Cover the joints with the tape and joint compound when the drywall panels are installed. Use at least first three layers of compound. Cut an appropriate length of tape and embed it into the joint compound along the seam.

  1. Fix the corner bead

First, measure the height of the wall and cut an appropriate length of metal corner bead. Now, bend the metal bend and cut it to shear it. Screw it properly in at least every 12 inches. Next, use a joint on the corner and cover the corner bead while feathering it out. Leave the compound to set properly and then use a second coat of compound.

  1. Tape an inside corner

Use a 4-inch knife and apply the joint compound to the inside corner of the wall. Smooth the compound properly so as to set it in place. After this, apply the joint compound onto the other wall. Next, cut a section of drywall tape to length and crease the tape along the seam. Provide a strong support to the tape along the length of the corner so it can set properly.

Again, smooth it out in place and use joint compound  on the paper while feathering out. After the compound is dry, sand any ridges from the drywall surface. Use a second coat of joint compound to the corner and feather it out to produce a smooth finish.

  1. Fill nail holes with the compound

Use the joint compound to fill the nail or screw holes in your drywall panels. After it is dry, use a second coat of compound to get a smooth finish.

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