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Drywall Installation

     I did not want to show you how to perform drywall installation, specially because Drywall installation is not hard, but to do a good job it is tricky.  Everything in the internets can be tricky, that is why I don’t trust the internets…  
 
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 artizand did their bid.
 
     But someone said in our youtubepage that a drywall installation can be done by anyone!!!
 
So we decided to help you do the job, here is how to and all you need to know:

Be prepared:

     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 do you gonna need to perform a drywall installation.

You will need:

  • A drywall drill, because this is not a drill!

  • Vertical Access equipment, like ladders, scaffoldings 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.

  • Drywall screws

    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 that drywall screws are sold by the pound…(show box footage) you need to be good in math to be a construction guy. (Show math on screen) 1-⅝” long preferably but there are exceptions…

  • A multidirectional cutter, or Dremel cutter, or any circulating drill bit cutter tool.

    You will be cutting a lot of drywall.

  • 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.

  • Boxcutter knife with many blades

    You know straight cuts at your wrist works best.

  • Jobsite 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… 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 mudding and no skim coats…
 
     Ceilings are a pain! Sprinkler heads, HVAC ducts, ventilation fans, electrical boxes, all make the job a real challenge.

Good luck! And here is the suicide prevention hotline. Give them a call by the time you are turning the shop lights on.

How to do it:

  1. 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!
  2. Every sheet of drywall should be installed against ceiling joists and in the opposite direction of the joists runs;
  3. 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;
  4. Make sure there are no guiding nails or anything protruding down from the ceiling that will impede sheets from laying flat on ceilings;
  5. 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 lay chalk lines to the sheets where each joist will receive screws;
  6. Make precise cuts for any element on the ceiling, sprinkler heads, electrical boxes, exhaust or HVAC ducts or boxes;
  7. Learn how to cut surface and break clean cuts on drywall, you will be doing many of those;
  8. After all, cuts are made, and sheets fit properly, 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;
  9. Make sure all drywall edges have blockings to attach the drywall to it.
  10. Check your work and call for screw inspections.
    After the inspector writes on that yellow sheet of paper the following words: “Use specialized labor to complete this task” you call us, and we re-do that installation for you.
 
 

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