If you're looking to save a little money and you need to install drywall, then it's actually a fairly simple do it yourself project. It's relatively inexpensive and doesn't take that much work although you will probably need some help as drywall can be awkward to work with by yourself. Here is a guide to help you hang drywall easily.
The tools needed to hang drywall are fairly basic and you will probably be able to find most of them among your existing tools.
- Saw: You will need some type of saw to help you cut the drywall to your desired size. Usually a circular saw works best.
- Utility knife: This is good for scoring the drywall.
- Drywall and screws: Drywall comes in different sizes and thickness so choose the best one for your particular project. You will need to purchase drywall screws as well.
- Measuring tape
- Drywall tape: This special tape goes over the gaps between all of the drywall pieces.
- Joint compound: Also known as mud, this goes over the drywall tape to further hide the gaps and enables you to paint over the gaps.
Measure for the Drywall Installation
Measure the area where you are going to hang your drywall. It's usually a good idea to give yourself about a quarter inch wiggle room. You are going to have to fill in the gaps with drywall compound anyway. It's much easier to cut it just a little short, rather than cutting it too big and having to shave some off.
Cut and Screw in the Drywall
You can use your saw or score the drywall on one side, which will make it easy to snap in half. Use your drywall screws and begin screwing the drywall in the center towards the outside making sure you screw them into the studs.
Tape and Mud the Drywall
After you have all of your drywall screwed in, you will then apply drywall tape to all of the gaps between the drywall pieces. This will make your drywall look seamless. To further improve the look and ensure you will be able to paint, you will then use your drywall compound over the drywall tape. Apply it using a finishing knife making sure you apply even pressure to make the mud as even as possible.
If you follow all of the steps above, you will be able to successfully hang drywall as well as save yourself a bit of money. It doesn't take a whole lot of money or time and you can be proud that you finished the job yourself. For more help and information contact a company like Alleva Construction or another location.