No matter what you choose to call it wallboard, plasterboard, sheetrock or just plain “rock”, drywall has revolutionized the way the walls and ceilings in our homes are covered. Prior to 1950, it would take days for lathers and plasterers to create a firm, flat foundation for paint or wallpaper. Now that drywall is here, it cuts that time in nearly half.
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Although drywall installation may seem like an easy task, there are many things that could go wrong, causing you to spend more time and money trying to repair the mistakes in your St Paul, MN home. There are many important steps that need to be followed in order to make sure your drywall installation is completed well.
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Below are some important steps to follow with drywall installation.
1. Purchasing the right size drywall
Drywall can be found in different sizes. 4 x 8, 4 x 10 feet (1.2 x 3 m) and 4 x 12 feet are the most common sizes for a typical home. The 4’ x 8’ is the easiest to handle and works well for most jobs. 4.5’ width sheets are also available if needed as well. It is important to know how much and what size drywall you need in order to get the job started, and completed, correctly.
2. Set up your tools and supplies needed for the job
There are a couple of important tools needed to hang drywall including:
- Utility knife
- Spare blades
- Straight edge for cutting and measuring
- Special drywall nails or screws
3. Prepping the drywall site is key
This next step may seem like an easy task, but most of the mistakes are actually made here. It is extremely important to remove the old drywall and make a thorough job of cleaning up the mess, because little pieces that fall from the old walls and ceiling will get in your way and make the job more difficult. Also, make sure to remove all nails and/or screws from the exposed studs and ceiling joists.
4. Be sure to measure the sheetrock before hanging
This step goes for both the ceiling and the walls. Measure and slice the sheetrock so each end reaches on the center of a stud or joist, because sheetrock joints that are not on a stud or joist will crack. Make sure to sand every cut with a surform plane or rasp or the sheets will not fit.
5. Order of hanging the drywall matters!
This step requires two or three people to help. Start with the toughest part first–the ceiling. Once the drywall is lifted by hand, the deadmen are slid in under the drywall to wedge it against the ceiling joists while you nail or screw it up. Do not attempt to force the sheets into place. They will only break or blow out, making a load of mess.
6. Cutting the drywall
Make sure to use a utility knife and a t-square for this step when cutting the drywall. You don’t need to cut forcefully to get your desired shape. When cutting, score a line through the front side of the drywall. Next, break the drywall by snapping away from the cut.
7. Continue hanging the drywall around the room until finished
Make sure to work slowly and carefully, minimizing any flaws or mistakes. Always remember to glue studs before hoisting the sheetrock into place and to cut around windows, doors, fixtures, and other obstacles.
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Using only state of the art technology and the best materials available on the market, Home Drywall and Painting has been installing drywall in the homes of satisfied customers around the Twin Cities. Specializing in ceiling repairs, wall repairs, taping, sanding and texturing, we always deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, so you can rest assured you are choosing the best drywall and painting contractors out there.
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