Hanging Drywall


Article by: Gil Strachan

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Hanging drywall can be fairly heavy work, but not overly difficult to master. It ranges from 1/4" to 5/8" in thickness, with 1/2" being the most common in residential work. The sheets are normally 4 feet wide and 8, 10 or 12 feet long, conforming to standard measuring increments, such as framing studs placed at 16 or 24 inch intervals.

Standard drywall sheets have tapered long edges and the shorts ends are squared off. One face is rough, and one face is smooth, for painting , Time To Replace Shingles? and papering. Water , Save Money When Designing Your Own Home resistant drywall also has tapered edges, and is used for kitchens, , Basement Dehumidifier Basics bathrooms , Organize The Garage – A Little Creativity Can Save You Money and laundry rooms. , Shopping For The Right Mattress Use cement-based backer board under tub surrounds or ceramics, in tub and shower , Feng Shui Tips For Your Home Office areas. Some drywall comes pre-finished in different textures, colors , Fixing Old Wooden Chairs and patterns, and some are vinyl-coated.

Wallboard (drywall) sheathing has tongue and groove edges, and is used under exterior claddings, including masonry to provide water , Outdoor Kitchen Interoduction and wind protection.

Wallboard sheathing and water-resistant drywall will both sag if used on ceilings - use standard drywall on ceilings, and cover with alkyd primer to water-proof the surface.

Drywall must be carefully measured and cut, before fastening to wood , Counter Tops, A Consistent Choice for the Modern Kitchens or metal , Your Best Choices For Home Water Filter Systems studs, preferably with special drywall screws , Toxic Mold applied with a drywall gun or a drill, fixed with a drywall "dimpler" to properly counter-sink the screws. , Achieve Better Results With Concrete Stain By Using Concrete Stain Prep Use Type W screws , Feel the Bathroom With Bathroom Accessories for fastening to wood , Choosing the Right Gas Fireplace for Your Home studs, Type G for fastening one sheet to another, and Type S for fastening sheets to metal , Concrete Cutting - Adding a Pre-Cast Concrete Bulkhead to Your Home studs. The joints are finished with joint compound (mud) and tape (paper or fibre mesh). Outside , Save Money When Designing Your Own Home corners are covered with a metal , Laminate Flooring and Installation Glue - Don't Get Yourself into a Sticky Situation! corner (drywall "bead"). A T-square and utility knife are used for cutting, and a drywall knife (a smooth, broad spreader) is used for applying the compound.

To estimate quantities, add up the square footage to be covered, and divide by the number of square feet in a sheet (eg. 32 for a 4X8 sheet). One pound of nails , Concrete Cutting - Adding a Pre-Cast Concrete Bulkhead to Your Home or 1/2 pound of screws , Achieve Better Results With Concrete Stain By Using Concrete Stain Prep will fasten 200 square feet of drywall. Have a friend help you with the heavy sheets, especially when hanging a ceiling!

Drywall is easiest to install and finish if you hang it sideways, although if your ceiling is higher than 8'1" you might be tempted to hang the sheets vertically.


If hanging sheets vertically, you will be screwing very close to the tapered edge, and if the framing is not perfect, your vertical joints might be weak, or not line up at all!
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Gil Strachan is a professional home , Shopping For The Right Mattress inspector, representing Electrospec Home , Persian Rug Dealers Inspection Services in east-central Ontario, Canada since 1994. Visit http://www.allaroundthehouse.com to learn more about home , Choosing the Right Gas Fireplace for Your inspections.

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