Tips for Hanging Drywall

Hanging drywall is not a difficult task if you take the time to ensure that you have properly prepared yourself and studied the process well enough to execute the project without much difficulty. Once you’ve taken the time to make sure that you have the right materials, instruments, and tools for the job, you’re ready to start hanging your sheetrock! Follow these steps to efficiently and effectively install your gypsum board and create a great finalized project.

  • Remove any existing drywall, if necessary.
    • Think of your drywall like a road; isn’t is so much nicer when the road is paved fresh than when potholes are patched, leaving the road all bumpy and uneven? For a clean final look, make sure you remove any remaining drywall by detaching it from the studs and beams – making sure to avoid any wiring in the process.
  • Measure and measure again
    • There’s a saying in carpentry that goes “measure twice, cut once.” What this means is that if you double check your work and make sure you’re properly prepared, you won’t have to redo work or worse, mess up irreparably. That’s why it’s important to measure your drywall and then remeasure it to make sure you don’t waste an entire sheet or be forced to start again from scratch.
  • Install your supports.
    • Before you hang your sheetrock, you want to make sure you have proper supports in place to keep the drywall from falling as you work to install it. Some people prefer to use support screws which hold the sheet in place while others like to use adhesive to keep the drywall from bowing out after installation.
  • Make your marks.
    • Before you do any work actually installing the board, you need to make sure that you’ve made markings on the sheet to indicate where the studs are located so that you can make sure you’re putting your screws or nails in the right spot.
  • Secure the drywall
    • Once everything is properly measured, cut, and installed, you can screw or nail the upper sheet into place. You want to drill the screws into place until the head of the screw lies just beneath the paper surface of the drywall – you’ll fill in the holes later. Then you install the lower portion of gypsum board using ring drywall nails.
  • Cover with joint compound.
    • Joint compound is used to hold the upper and lower portions of drywall together. It acts as a bonding agent when it dries and connects the two pieces. Apply it slowly to allow it plenty of time to harden and set. You’ll also use joint compound to fill in the screw holes.
  • Finish and paint
    • Once all your drywall has been installed and you’ve secured everything with your screws and joint compound, you’re ready to put the finishing touches on your wall. Sand the surface for a smooth look, and then cover with primer and paint to complete the look.