Drywall Installation – Simple But Effective
Drywall installation is not something that is rocket science. In fact, there are many drywall methods that can be used to complete a drywall installation. The types of drywall that you will use will depend upon the style and look that you want to achieve, the amount of work that you want to do, and whether or not you will be doing the installation yourself or have someone else do it. In most cases, drywall installation consists of:
Drywall installation begins with the walls being pre-cut to the desired size. The drywall sheets are then measured and numbered to establish placement. Drywall sheets are typically delivered in “wavy” lengths to allow for varying joint locations between the drywall sheets. The number of per-sheets required depends on the type of drywall installation that you choose. In general, drywall installation calls for at least five per-sheet.
Once the drywall sheets have been purchased, they are disassembled and ready for installation. This usually involves: taping the sections together with masking tape, folding the bottom sheet over a tack strip, securing the top sheet to the bottom sheet with tack strips, and gluing each piece to the wall as instructed by the manufacturer. After the pieces are installed, they are put in a dry atmosphere to cure. In some cases, adding a vapor suppressant to the drywall installation helps in reducing condensation. Depending upon your location and climate, you may choose to install your drywall installation over a metal surface to insulate the drywall from cold or hot weather.
When it comes to the actual finishing process, this is where DIYers can really get creative. Some of the more common DIY finishing techniques include using a gypsum adhesive for gypsum board, using a fiberboard technique for drywall textured panels, and applying a wood veneer over a gypsum board to create an intermediate layer. If you’re looking to finish your own drywall, there are many kits available that include all of the materials you need as well as a detailed drywall installation guide. The kits typically include a textured drywall panel, a wood veneer, a protective binder, and instructions.
Before beginning your drywall installation, make sure you have the proper studs and nails for the studs that will be located inside your room. Some hardware stores carry special units that will convert a flat surface into a stud, nail, and screw configuration so you don’t need to purchase and install drywall boards with long screws. When selecting the appropriate screws, choose stainless steel instead of cheap nickel plated screws to ensure long lasting durability. You can also buy specially made screws that feature an anti-corrosion feature that’s especially helpful for areas of your home that are regularly exposed to moisture.
Once your drywall sheets are installed, you’ll be able to decorate your walls anytime you like. It’s a good idea to keep a few sets of nails and a couple spares in your tool box just in case you need to repair a nail or two during the course of your project. You can purchase drywall finishing nails at most hardware stores. Be sure to always use high quality nails that won’t cause any damage to the sheet metal or drywall when they are used to install panels, exterior corners, medallions, decorative trim, and other features of your home.