How to Handle Drywall Installation Without Hiring Others

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.

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