Preparing to Hang Drywall

When it comes to home repairs and renovations, not every project requires the help of a construction firm. There are many home construction projects that can easily be done by a homeowner with the help of one or two extra sets of hands. One such project is the installation of drywall.

Although it may seem like a formidable task, hanging drywall is much easier in comparison to the old methods of plaster and lath which used to take hours upon hours to install and dry before it was ready for use. For those of you who aren’t familiar, drywall, also known as plasterboard, gypsum board, and sheetrock, is a layer of compressed gypsum that is pressed between two thick sheets of paper and used in the construction of walls in residences and commercial structures.

A lot of preparation goes into the installation of the board before you even get to the point of physically hanging the board. One of the decisions you need to make is what thickness of drywall will be right for your project. There are three basic thicknesses in which plasterboard comes:

  • ⅝ inch – This is the heaviest of the three at just over half an inch and is used primarily for soundproofing as well as being fire resistant.
  • ⅜ inch – This used to be the standard thickness for drywall back in the day, but is now primarily used to cover existing walls and ceilings as it is slightly too thin to stand sufficiently on its own.
  • ¼ inch – Since this is the thinnest drywall you can buy, and it’s certainly not substantial enough to implement on its own, quarter-inch drywall is ideal for use on walls that curve or ceilings with arches.

You also want to make sure that you have all of the proper tools before you begin installation. You’ll definitely need a utility knife to cut the gypsum board as needed. Depending on whether you’re using screws or nails, you’ll need either a screw gun/drywall drill or a hammer, though it should be noted that screws are viewed across the industry as the “instrument of choice” when it comes to hanging sheetrock.

Once you have all of your tools and materials that you need ready to go, you can begin the steps of installing your own drywall.

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