Methods and Tools for Drywall Installation

Updated: Jun 6, 2018


Once the preparation is complete, we can start installing the drywall board.

To get the least amount of joint, use 4 'x 12' x ½ "drywall sheets.Drywall is available in length of 8,9,10,12 and depending where you live sometimes it comes in 14 feet .

If the height of your walls is 8 feet or less you can use standard 48 inch board but if your walls are 9 feet you should get 54 inch board. This will ensure that there is only a factory joint in the wall instead of 2 non factory edges call butt joint. First calculate how many sheets you will need, and when installing drywall sheets, the vertical butt joints should always be staggered.


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Cutting


To cut a drywall sheet with a drywall knife and a drywall t-square . Place the drywall sheet against the wall , measure the distance , place your drywall T- square and cut the paper on the white side of the drywall.

Subsequently, break the drywall sheet with your hands in one motion.

Give a knife stroke in the fold of the drywall sheet on the opposite side.

You will have a nice cut.

A drywall saw can be used to cut the openings or a drywall router.

To cut small openings, electrical outlets,vent and door frames a drywall router works well. Measure with a tape measure the location of the openings. Then identify the center of your opening on the drywall sheet. Then with a drywall router, cut out the outer contour of your plugs or light fixtures.

Screw the drywall sheet up in a few places, it will become round since it can not take its place with the obstacles, such as an electric box or light fixture.

Then use your drywall router to drill a hole in the target, move until you hit one side of the electric box, go through the outer side of the electric box and then all you have left is to cut around this electric box with your drywall rotor drill. Once cut the sheet of drywall will take its place.




Installation


You will need 1 1/4 " drywall screws, and it is best to use the screws. DO NOT USE NAILS!!!

Use a DRYWALL SCREW GUN with the milling attachment. It prevents the screws from going too deep in the drywall. Always screw the sheets from the center in the direction of the length of the sheet towards the sides.If you are working on steel studs then you must start from the bottom going upwards and most of the time you will have to install the drywall sheets vertically.


Screw the drywall sheets every 16 " on the studs or forages always leave a distance of 3/8" on the ends of the wall board. We will have 4 screws, one on each edge of the panel and then a screw at 16 ".If you are using glue you still have to screw around the drywall sheet every 16 " and add 1 or 2 screws in the middle of the sheet depending on the lenght of the sheet.


Always start the installation by the ceiling.

You can also rent a device to hold the sheet of drywall while you are screwing it.

Install the drywall by avoiding to have butt joints at the same place. It should be staggered like a brick wall.

Finish the ceiling before you start the walls.

Once the ceiling is finished!

Start installing walls with the top sheet, the drywall sheet must be firmly pressed against the ceiling.

Subsequently, the other sheet is fixed from the bottom of the wall, pressed firmly against the top one using a drywall jack, always avoiding having the butt joints at the same place.

There is a pedal call a drywall jack to lift the sheets of drywall.


To cover a corner, cover the end of the drywall sheet with the second sheet . A metal corner bead will be nailed or a paper bead will be glued.Make sure to remove all miss screws and try to keep your workplace clean.

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