Drywall Installation done the right way
Why we made this page about Drywall Installation:
We did not want to show you how to do drywall installation, specially because drywall installation is not hard, but because to do a good job it is fairly tricky.
Everything in the internets can be tricky, that is why we don’t trust the internets… But you can trust us.
Personally, I’m from a time that websites were the places where spiders spun their webs on a corner of the house and drywall installation was plaster! Where real artisans did their bid.
But someone said it on our YouTube page that a drywall installation can be done by anyone!!! And this is still not true, unless we helped…
So we decided to help you do the job, here is all you need to know:
Be prepared for Drywall Installation:
If framers did a good job, your part of the work must be easy; but when did you last see a construction worker do a good job?
So prepare yourself to do a lot of adjustments and shims, because you will be blamed for all the imperfections that the framers caused. Here is what you are going to need to perform a drywall installation.
You will need:
A drywall drill, because this is not a drill!
Vertical Access equipment, like ladders, scaffolding or drywall lift or holders, anything that can be erected for access.
You may be erected but that doesn’t count. Your erections are meaningless here.
At least 70 per sheet, multiply by the number of sheets you need, divide by the number of units in each box and voilá, you have the number of boxes you need.
Disregard the fact that drywall screws are sold by the pound…
Understand, you need to be good in math to be a construction guy.
• ⅝” long preferably but there are exceptions… So look at the sizes on the chart and notice that the sizes will depend on the thicness of drywall that you are using.
A multi-directional cutter, or Dremel cutter, or any circulating drill bit cutter tool.
Realize, you will be cutting a lot of drywall.
You can click on the keywords on the side if you would like to see the ideal tool to have in your toolbox, but the list is available here:
- • A compass drywall cutter
- Because If you could draw a perfect circle, you would not be doing drywall work.
- • One drywall stab saw
- Take a stab at it. You can always use it to kill yourself if it turns out you cannot do the job.
- • Drywall cut hammer demo tool
- This tool is awesome.
- • T-square
- Preference for a T-square 48”.
- • Extra drill bits
- Also grab bits for hardware used and equipment needed, although you Will feel like bits and pieces by the end of this process, those don’t count.
- • Box cutter knife with many blades
- Understand, straight cuts at your wrist works best.
- • Job site lights if you work at night
- You will definitely don’t wanna miss those straight cuts if your job went through the night.
• Lots of hands… To help with Drywall Installation… so wrists are spared
Drywall is not a job for only two hands, especially if you have a whole house to do, and care for your back, neck muscles and especially your wrists!
With 6 people helping each other, you will be able to do all ceilings in a 1000 sq. ft. home, in 2 days, providing that you are only screwing it properly to the ceiling and no taping, no muddying and no skim coats…
Ceilings are a pain! Sprinkler heads, HVAC ducts, ventilation fans, electrical boxes, all make the job a real challenge.
If you are doing a whole house with high ceilings by yourself, Good luck! And here is the suicide prevention hotline. Give them a call by the time you are turning the shop lights on.
Step by Step:
How to do Drywall Installation:
- • Make sure there are no guiding nails or anything protruding down from the ceiling that will impede sheets from laying flat on ceilings;
- • Start with the ceiling, because the wall sheets will hold the edges of the ceiling sheets, supposedly to help it to stay in place. After all those screws?!?! Go figure!
- • Every sheet of drywall should be installed against ceiling joists and in the opposite direction of the joists runs;
- • Cut every sheet to end right in the middle of the joist so you can attach drywall screws on both adjacent sheets into the same edge joists;
- • We know you are not lazy, otherwise you would not be trying to do this by yourself, but you are also an apprentice, so lets go easy on you and give you tips to save your back:
- • The Ultimate Pro recommends you use drywall holders or stands, or have a few friends help to hold sheets up against the ceiling while you put drywall screws on all edges to temporarily hold it up.
- • Then, again because we assume you are no pro, we recommend that you lay chalk lines to the sheets where each joist will receive screws; so you wont miss the wood behind each screw line! This is a common rookie mistake, and a chalk line helps you hit wood every time!
- • Make precise cuts for any element on the ceiling, sprinkler heads, electrical boxes, exhaust or HVAC ducts or boxes;
- • Learn how to cut surface and break clean cuts on drywall, you will be doing many of those;
- • After all, cuts are made, and sheets fit properly, and because you are no pro, add screws to the chalk lines every 6” on all edges and on each stud running underneath.
- • Make sure screws are the right length for the drywall that you are using, look up our chart above.
- • Make sure all drywall edges have blockings to attach the drywall to it.
• Check your work and call for screw inspections.
We truly hope we have helped you today, either with needed information or knowledge, but if you still have the problem and want it resolved, feel free to call us at 323-651-0635 and we will be glad to send you an technician to solve your particular problem.
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