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How to drywall your walls in the home

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Learning how to drywall is not as difficult as you might think...there are a couple of things to keep in mind; drywall comes in thickness ranging from 1/4 inch to 5/8 inch; but 1/2 inch is the most common. A standard sheet measures 4 x 8 feet. Longer sheet are typically 12 feet. Either type of fastener will do the job, drywall screws or drywall nails. Unlike the nails, a screw gun will quickly drive screws to the correct depth, automatically, without ever damaging the drywall.  

Always work from top to bottom when you hang drywall; hang the ceiling panels first, then the walls. Hang the walls panels horizontally, working from the ceiling down. On both the ceiling and the walls, be sure to stagger the panels so that the seams between panels don't line up with the seams in the adjoining row. Always put cut edges against the wall and straight factory edges together to form a tight seam.

Starting in a corner of the ceiling, shove the first drywall sheet against the wall, prop a t-brace, or have a helper under the wall end, and hoist it into place. Fasten the sheet to the joists with 1 1/4 inch drywall screws, spaced 12 inch apart. Along the edges, space screws 8 inch apart and stay 1/8 in, in from the edge. Butt the next sheet against the first and screw it in place. Continue to the opposite wall. Then complete the other ceiling rows, staggering the seams.

Lift the first wall panel against the ceiling. Rest the panel on a few nails for support; then screw it to the studs. Cut out doors and windows later. Measure and mark electrical box cutouts with a tape measure and square. Drill holes in two opposite corners and cut out the opening with a drywall saw. To position a lower wall panel, lift it against the upper panels with a pry bar and wood block. The remaining gap at the bottom will be hidden by the baseboard trim.

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