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When it comes to drywall installation, selecting a contractor or doing it yourself can be difficult and time consuming. This site will help you in selecting the right company for the job. It will also help you with the common mistakes made in the selection process. There are also tips and tricks in doing it yourself. Before you install, do you need help with a drywall estimator or material take off?

Lets face it, with any project, you want do not want to make any mistakes. Mistakes are expensive and will cost you time and money. What are the steps to proper drywall installation?

First you will want to make sure you are using the proper materials. Nothing is worse than installing the wrong product. Sometimes you can reuse the drywall, but that is not always the case.

For ceilings, make sure you are using ceiling board. If your framing is 16" O.C. you do not need ceiling board, but it is a good idea to use it on all ceilings. This will keep the drywall from sagging.

You will want to use "green board" in all wet areas. Another product you can use is any of the glass-mat gypsum products. Such as Dens Armor. These products are superior to green board in many ways. They do cost more, but the benefits outweigh the expense. They do not have a face paper (green board does). They have a fiber-glass coating.

Studies have shown that mold will grow more frequently on paper faced drywall than the glass-mat drywall. If you have a basement or any area where moisture is going to be of concern, you will want to use the glass-mat gypsum products.

What is gypsum? How do they make drywall?
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What tools are needed for drywall installation? In no particular order, here is the list: drywall hammer, drywall screw gun, utility knife, tape measure, chalk line, poke saw, and drywall t-square. Those are the basic items you will need, but you could get a circle cutter if you have any can lights or pipes to cut out. It does make life easier with round objects.

If you plan on doing a lot of drywall installation, you will want to get a router. It takes a little time to get used to but it can save you time. Are you a one man crew? If you have ceilings to install, you will want to rent or purchase a drywall panel lift.

Start with the ceilings first! If you are working by yourself, get a panel lift or bribe some buddies to help you out. I prefer the "beer & pizza" route (make sure they have the beer after the install is finished.... lets just say... QUALITY CONTROL!).

The drywall should fit against each other and not have any gaps. The "butt" end of the sheets should be staggered. If the "butt" end of the sheets are not staggered, you will have issues when trying to finish the sheets. You will want to make sure you use more screws than nails when installing.

During drywall installation you will tack the sheets with nails (on the perimeter) and use screws for the rest. The standard is three screws in the "field" or middle of the sheet (after the nails have been tacked on the studs on the perimeter).

After you get the ceilings up, start on the walls. Install the "top half" of the wall next, and make sure that the top angle is tight. You do not want any gaps. The same rules for the ceiling apply to the walls. Stagger the joints, and keep it all tight.

Are you installing bullnose (round) or square corners? You will need to keep in mind, that bullnose corners require that the corner is cut 1/2" back from the framing. If you do not give yourself a 1/2" the bullnose will not sit on the corner properly. If you are installing square corners, you will want to bring the drywall out to the framing.

If you are installing drywall over finished wood flooring, make sure you mask it off. I like to use masonite, to protect the floors. It is very easy to drop screws and nails during installation. Protect your floors!

Now that you have the drywall installation complete, it is time to start the finish process. What do you need to consider and keep in mind for the finishing process? Check out the drywall finish page next! It will help you understand how to finish drywall.
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