How To Install Drywall Properly

When you take the opportunity and time to install your drywall properly, you not only have an attractive finished wall surface, but you have affected how air-tight your home is! Drywall is commonly used now to construct interior walls in houses where plaster was used in former times. Drywall gives the dwelling a smooth, finished look. After it is properly installed, it may be painted or papered just as older plaster walls can, and serves as a durable, versatile way of constructing walls.

Drywall may be purchased at home goods stores in sheets which can then be matched and hung on the framing of the house. There is an art to aligning the pieces properly to provide gap-free walls and well-fitted corners. Ceilings may also be made of drywall.

Here are some tips to remember when you are learning how to install drywall properly:

• The temperature in the room where drywall is being installed should not be too low or too high. If the temperature is too low, the drywall may expand and not fit where it is installed, causing poorly closed seams and a poor appearance.

• If the drywall sheets are bumped in transit, that may result in cracking of the gypsum surface even if the paper on the surface remains unscathed. Be sure to check your drywall pieces for any evidence of damage before bringing them home to install. If you notice any damage once you have installed the drywall, fix any cracks in the drywall that are apparent.

• Take care to use the proper length of nails when nailing the drywall sheets into place. The recommended size of drywall sheets is ½ inches thick; the recommended nail size for that size is 1½ “ to secure the drywall to the framing.

• Take special care when joining the seams to attach the drywall carefully at the seams to close off all air.