Installing drywall is not a real challenging task. There are many first time Do-It-Yourself-ers that tackle it daily. The trick is to do it in such a way that you will never be able to tell that the drywall is individual sheets that are butted up together to make a flat wall. People like drywall to be there, but not be noticeable, beyond the color that you choose to paint your walls. That is where a professional comes in and hopefully we will help you gain an understanding of drywall installation costs so that it will be a little easier for you to face your home improvement costs.

On average a homeowner will have to pay a hefty fee for having someone install drywall. This is because the price of the drywall combined with the labor involved with it will on average cost around $1.50 per square foot. This price may increase or decrease depending on your location and the condition of the walls before they come to install it. It also means that a square room that uses 12 full panels of drywall could easily end up costing $450+.

The cost of a drywall panel is going to cost up to $20 in most areas. Then the mud will cost you between $5 and $15 depending on whether they want it dry or premixed and ready for them to use. They will also need to have tape for covering cracks in the drywall and this takes up the price by a few more dollars. The drywall installer or construction team then have to hang the drywall and use mud and tape to ensure it is all a solid looking, flat wall. Once the mud has dried, they will sand the wall down, wash it, and prepare it for painting.

All of these steps require effort. Someone who knows how to work with drywall will do a better job than someone who has never attempted to do it before. That simple fact will also add to the cost of the job you want them to do.

The good news is, most homeowners can hang drywall without hiring a professional. It may take longer and you may have to work with it harder than a professional, but you can cut your costs on the whole drywall installation process.

In the life of a DIY-er, there is a good chance that you will end up having to deal with drywall at some point. It may be replacing a full sheet of it or simply needing to patch up what is already there. Either way, when it comes to drywall installation and repairs, you can handle it on your own. It may not be easy to do if it is something you have never dealt with, but it is possible to discover whether a drywall patch job will help you avoid drywall installation costs.

If you are only dealing with a small crack in the drywall, you will need to widen it a little using a scraper of some kind. This will tell you if you need to cut out around the crack to brace in new drywall or if there is still a backing there for the mud or compound to attach to. After you have filled it and dried it enough that the wall is smooth again, you will be able to wash away the dust and paint the wall. No one will ever know that there was a crack in the wall.

If you have a larger problem area and there is a hole that you can tell goes completely through the drywall, you will have to work harder to fix the problem. You will want to cut the area around the hole to give you room to patch the problem. You will also need to put a brace in to hold the patch in place while your compound dries into place. A small hole may be braced with a piece of cardboard if you can figure out how to hold it in place. Larger holes may need a wooden brace. Either way, you will need to cut a piece of undamaged drywall to fill the hole. Tape and put mud where the cracks are and then let it dry completely. After you have filled it in so that there are no ripples or dips you can then wash the area down to ensure there is no dust left behind and paint it the way you want to.

In the event that you have a very large hole or a wall that is damaged around the hole, you may want to consider installing a new sheet of drywall rather than simply patching it together. You should know, this will also be the easiest method to use.

Anytime you deal with home improvements, you may have to worry about drywall. This is even more true if you are going to attempt to add a wall somewhere in your home or replace damaged walls to eliminate mold or other horrible stains that paint cannot cover. For these DIY things, many people hire others to handle drywall so that they don’t mess anything up. It is true that drywall can sometimes break if not handled carefully, but it really doesn’t take a full team of people to hang it as long as you know the basics of how to handle drywall installation without hiring others.

The first step is to decide how thick your drywall needs to be. You can pick drywall that is similar in size to other pieces on that wall if you are trying to patch up an area or you can pick based on your preferences if you are putting up a whole new wall. Drywall comes in three sizes including 5/8in which is very soundproof, 3/8in which works well for covering existing walls, and 1/4in which is often reserved for curved walls or arches. Beyond thickness, you will also want to use full sheets if at all possible for you to do it. This will ensure that you have fewer seams in the drywalled wall. Less seams mean less mud and a nicer looking wall.

It is important that you handle only pieces of drywall that you are able to carry safely. This means if you are unable to move the sheet alone, ask someone else to help you get it into position against the wall studs. Some suggest that you use adhesive on the studs to give you a helping hand if you are unable to hold it up while hammering or drilling it to the studs.

After your drywall is secured to the wall, you will want to have drywall mud and tape. Tear the tape so that it is long enough to cover the crack between drywall sheets. Use the mud to secure the tape to the wall. This should only require a thin layer and the thinner that you can get it the less you will have to work at making it smooth before you add paint to the wall. It will need to dry thoroughly and possibly be sanded down to ensure it is ready for paint.