7 easy steps to hang a drywall for the first time
Drywall is an increasingly popular material used in interior construction nowadays. Whether you are a fresh constructor trying to build your very first drywall in your career or just a guy attempting to make your DIY walls and ceilings, read this article for detailed steps to hang a drywall.
This article assumes that you have successfully decided the type of drywall meeting your needs.
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Drywall lift (optional)
4-inch, 6-inch, 10-inch mud knife
1. Clean the area:
Make sure that the area to hang the drywall gets cleaned off old screws, nails or anything that can prevent the new layer sticking to it.
2. Measure and cut the drywall:
Use a tape measure to determine the area’s width and height.
Cut the drywall sheet to make it fit. Make sure the sheet is approximately a quarter inch shorter than your measurement.
Tips: A drywall lift will give you a hand in positioning the sheets without extra human force.
3. Cover the ceiling with drywall first:
Lift the first panel into a corner of the ceiling. Use a drywall lift if you have no extra hands. Make sure the edges of the panel are perpendicular to strapping or joists.
Drive 5 screws evenly into the strapping or joist closet to the middle of the panel. Make the screws driven in a line across the panel’s width.
Repeat this 5-screw line at each joist. Continue this until reaching the opposite wall.
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4. Cover the wall with drywall:
Check the wall and make note of any places that needs holes (such as electrical boxes of even windows)
Measure the obstructions from the stud and use the measurements to mark the obstructions on the drywall panel with a pencil or marker.
Drill a starter hole in the drywall and then cut around these measurements using a keyhole saw.
Drive screws to attach the drywall to the wall stud, spacing each of them 12 to 16 inches apart.
5. Mud the wall:
Mudding helps creating a seamless finish for the wall and makes it easier for future paint.
Firstly, cover the screw dimples on the wall with a small amount of mud using a 4-inch mud knife.
After finishing all the screw dimples, lay a thin bed of mud along the seam using a 6-inch mud knife.
Repeat these steps for all the seams.
6. Tape the joints:
This should be done before the mud on the seam dries. It is easier to have 2 people doing this.
Stick one end of the tape to the starting point of the seam.
Stretch the tape along the mud seam.
Follow behind the stretching to smooth the tape into the mud using the 6-inch mud knife.
Lay another bed of mud onto the tape with a 10-inch mud knife.
Wait for the mud applied to be dry in about a day.
Repeat the mudding process then.
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Your drywall is finished. Sit back and enjoy your work of art for now.
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