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Allocating Ceiling Boards To Install First

How To Install Drywall

Determine sheet sizes and their allocations - with the idea that custom orders can take time and may have to be backordered, depending on local market conditions. It is important that this be done asap due to any unforeseeable shortages in supply and requirements for special order lead times.

As a rule, ceilings normally get the larger than 4x8 standard sheets. But walls can take the large sheets as well. Keep in mind that walls higher that 9 foot ceilings can usually take the 54" sheets since the 4x8's would require an extra strip and therefore, eliminating a seam.

Familiarize yourself with factors like the types of drywall that are going up; greenboard, a normal drywall, fire rated, and which thickness you will be going with. Included in your plan the areas might take cement board for later stone or tiling even if you are not installing it yourself.

View all ceilings and walls, breaking the ceiling into 12' drywall sheets and going from there. Don't forget to allow for waste due to ripping or any breakage.

After you are clear on the fact that all wall and ceiling cavities are ready to be closed-up, before proceeding, determine if there is a power source for corded drivers or whether you will be going cordless. This can be easily overlooked by the infrequent hanger of drywall since these phases fall so close together.

Note all cutouts to be mad: including for electrical outlets, switches, for hvac ducts and everything. Come up a basic diagram for outlets - these are very easy to close over.
Inspect walls for irregularities and place backers for attaching corner sheets. Build up wall studs with drywall shims in areas that are out of level. This can prevent expansion and possibly breakage of the wallboard when fixing it to the bracing.

Fasten the drywall sheets to the studs with coarse thread drywall screws and a drywall gun. While a cordless drill could potentially be used for the task, the driver designed for setting drywall screws per se is best suited because the integrated depth gauge achieves an optimal countersink that is crucial for getting a good smooth finish. Whereas the cordless screwdriver finds a stop-in-motion, based on an internal clutch device (rather than setting depth).

You should work following straight lines on the studs. Typically they are 16" on center (but not always). If it helps, fasten screws with the aid of a stud finder (a higher end finder, for better detection). Any missed hits are removed by manually turning with a screwdriver back out or by slow reversal given a magnetic driver tip.

Be sure to check for proper countersink of all screw heads when the hanging is complete in preparation for mudding and sanding.

Specifications/Costs :

Cost of Sheetrock
How much single sheets cost.

Sheet of Drywall Weight
Drywall weight by the sheet.

Drywall Cost Estimate
Costing drywall thru the project.

Quantities of Wallboard
Wallboard quantity weights.

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