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Drywall Installation - A DIY Guide

Drywall installation is something of a do it yourself art form and is usually not recommended for the do it yourself average home. There are many things you need to know before undertaking this type of drywall project, such as the difference between framing and studding. Studs are the vertical posts that run horizontally along your ceiling's top row, while frames are horizontal pieces that run vertically up the wall.

Framing is always best left to the pros when it comes to drywall installation, but if you're like many homeowners you've got old drywall floating around in your attic or crawlspace, or maybe even in your garage. If your drywall has been hanging for a long time without any treatment, you probably have mold and mildew growing on it that you cannot see without a heavy duty paint sprayer. If you're trying to install a new wall without treating your old drywall, you may end up with a wood paneled ceiling that does not look right, and that's the very same problem you had years ago when you tried to finish off your ceiling with no treatment. It's better to start out with a fresh panel than to have to replace your entire ceiling. For more details about this service click on this link.

Drywall finishing techniques are also different depending on if you're doing a straight finish or an interlocking design. For straight drywall installation, you'll want to use a drywall knife with a zero-clearance blade, which allows you to cut through the paper easily. Lay the paper on the floor or workbench and use the knife to pry the paper from either side. Most manufacturers recommend using a level to ensure the joint is level and flat, but if yours wobbles when you're attempting to level it, add a little bit of water to the joints until they are level. Drywall finishing techniques include working from left to right (for right handed panels) or bottom to top (for left handed panels).

Interlocking panels take a little more work in drywall installation, but it's worth the extra time. To install drywall interlocking, you'll need joint compound and a drill with a mounting kit. First, mark where the two corners will be with pencils. Next, apply the joint compound in exactly even strokes, starting in the center and sliding the joint compound along the marks to create a smooth, rounded edge. The last thing you want to do before hanging the drywall is tack each panel into place with nylock screws. Drywall contractors often recommend using drywall tape to get a tight fit. Click for more info about this company.

Once you've installed all the panels to your satisfaction, you can focus on the next phase of the drywall installation process: the finish. Drywall finishing varies depending on the manufacturer's instructions and quality of product, but there are some basic rules you should follow to give yourself a good finish. Nails should be rust-free, perment free, and pre-treated for moisture resistance; paint should be smooth and weather-proof and have at least three coats for full UV protection; and, if you're using wood, you should have the nail heads pre-drilled and the boards pre-painted, if possible. Drywall finishing isn't quite as easy as you might think, so it's important that you follow these steps as best you can.

As you can see, depending on the type of finish you use, the finished product can vary drastically. If you're using paint or a wood veneer, you can pretty much get away with any finish, provided you follow the manufacturer's guidelines. However, if you're installing drywall with inlaid or stamped patterns, you will want to choose a finish that is a shade or two lighter than your wall color. Doing this will prevent the wood from growing too much during the finishing process. To understand more about this subject, please read a related post here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drywall.

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