Drywall Installation Tips

Drywall Installation Tips

Drywall, also known as wallboard or sheetrock, is an essential construction material that is most commonly used for walls. It helps you improve the appearance of your home because it holds paint and wallpaper well and is sturdy enough for you to be able to hang artwork and family pictures.

The following are the steps you will need to follow if you plan on installing your own drywall:

  1. Purchase your drywall sheets.  Measure the length and width of your wall to find out how many sheets you will need to buy.  Drywall standard-size sheets typically measure 4×8 feet. Larger sheets are also available, but they require more than one person to install and should be left to professional construction crews. They also have a tendency to break during transportation.
  2. Prepare the wall by removing all old drywall, screws, nails, and any other materials that will prevent the new wallboard sheets from lying flat on the studs.
  3. Utilize T-braces by either making or renting them. They are used to support the drywall while during installation.
  4. Use a razor knife to cut the drywall and make sure there are no spaces or cracks between sheets when you hang them.
  5. Use a spring-loaded drywall drill to secure the panels with screws and work your way from the center of the panel toward the outside. The screws should be 16 inches apart.  Fasten the studs for them to remain in place.
  6. Fill the gaps between each sheet with a high quality joint-compound known as mud. Use paper drywall tape in the center and press it into the corners. Remove the excess compound with an inside corner knife. When the compound is dry, apply a second coat to assure that all gaps and holes are filled.
  7. Check any surface with compound on it and inspect for errors. Use a hand sander to smooth the area.
  8. Coat the drywall with primer.

Use a fine-grit sandpaper to smoothen the entire wall. Do not over-sand because you might be including the part where the tape is located. The new dry wall should have at least three coats: a sealer, primer, and the finishing coat.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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