How To Hang Drywall Like A Pro

Posted on: 25 June 2014

Hanging your own drywall is one of the easiest and most rewarding do-it-yourself projects for many homeowners. Because you can have drywall delivered to your home and rent the tools you need to complete the job, it is also one of the most affordable. 

Here are the three simple steps you can use to hang drywall in your home like a pro.

Cutting

You will first need to measure the space you will be patching, and cut your board to fit. If you will be covering an entire wall you should cut your drywall between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch shorter to ensure a good fit. Lay your drywall on a flat surface such as a workbench or the floor, and mark it using the tape measure, a pencil and a T-square.

Carefully cut along the lines you have drawn using a drywall saw. If you are working with a very large piece of drywall it is helpful to have someone assist you with holding it steady. If you will be patching several areas in your home you have the choice of cutting all of your drywall at the beginning of the project or cutting as you go.

Hanging

You will attach the drywall to the studs in your wall using a screw gun and 11/4-inch screws. You can begin driving the first screws toward the middle of the panel in an easy to reach spot, working toward the outside of the panel. Screws should be about 16 inches apart along the studs and no less than four inches apart horizontally.

If you are having problems with the drywall warping away from the wall you can apply drywall adhesive to the front of the studs to minimize the problem. You should try to install at least five evenly spaced screws along each edge of the drywall to hold it in place securely.

Finishing

Joint compound, also known as mud, along with drywall tape and some careful sanding will be necessary to smoothly cover the joints between your new and old drywall. First you will use a small four- or six-inch mudding knife to apply a four inch wide layer of mud around the edges of the drywall to create a solid foundation bond, and then cover this with drywall tape. You will then apply another layer of mud to cover the tape, and allow the seams to dry.

The third layer should be applied thinly using a wide, 12-inch knife. Be sure to make this layer as level as possible. After you have waited 24 hours to allow all of the mud to dry, you will use 120-grit sandpaper to sand down the seams until no visible boundary is left between your old and new drywall.

As you can see, hanging drywall is a simple home improvement task than almost any homeowner can complete. With a bit of practice and patience, you will be able to handle the task like a professional, and complete more difficult installs that involve cutting out slots for windows, light switches and electrical outlets. (If you want more information, then check it out!)

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