Start With the Right Layout
The first step to hanging drywall is to take a pencil and mark on the drywall board and ceiling the placement of the vertical studs. This will simplify the attachment of the drywall panels to the framing. Make sure any insulating work and electric or plumbing, installation are complete before you begin hanging drywall panels’
While amateurs often install drywall panels vertically, so that the long seams align along a stud, this is not the usual professional method. Instead, starting on the upper corner of the room and install panels horizontally with the top edge against the ceiling. Professionals typically install the top row of panels first. It all depends on the wall if the wall ends on an angle on top you can star for the first row in the bottom.
Make sure the end of the panel falls in the center of a stud. While homeowners usually work with 8^ ft long panels, the professional’s method usually is to use 10-12or 14ft long drywall boards which sometimes will cover the entire length of a big room.
Professional drywall hanging crews generally consist of 2 or 3 workers. In taller rooms, one worker may wear drywall stilts use a baker in order to reach the tops of upper panels.
two workers work in stilts and the 3rd cuts the drywall and passes it to the other two for installation on the ceiling.
Install the First Panel to the Studs
Begin to install with some screws on the ends and down the center of the panel to hold it in place.
- If you are using 1/2 inch thick drywall, use 1 1/2-inch-long screws
- for 3/4 inch thick drywall use a 1 3/8-inch screws
make cutouts for electrical boxes
Take measurements with the meter on the electrical box, mark them on the drywall panel to marking a cross or X.
Don’t try to save a couple of bucks by using scraps of drywall
- Don’t try to save a couple of bucks by using scraps of drywall when you should be using a full sheet.
- The time and effort spent taping extra joints are rarely worth the money saved.
Always join tapered edges to tapered edges.
Stagger seams with each row of rock.
- Think to remove broken corners and loose chunks of rock, and cut out any blisters. These will all be filled in later with a fast-setting joint compound.ead to make taping as easy as possible
Tools for Drywall project
- Cordless drill
- Drywall saw
- Safety glasses
- Screw gun
- Tape measure
- Utility knife