How to Hang Sheet Rock:
To some, hanging drywall, or sheetrock, is an easy task. It didn’t start of that way however, and if you don’t know the basics of this art you're in for a hard time. This list of steps is a “starter” set, as no job will ever be the exact same. For those who already know how to do it, this guide will be rudimentary, but for the many that don't have a clue what to do it should serve as big help in getting the basics down.
“Step 1: Measure the Area
Measure the space to make sure you have enough drywall to cover the area, making accommodations for sheets that you will have to cut and any mistakes they might make along the way.
Step 2: Start on the Ceiling
Measure from the wall to the center of the nearest joist (Image 1). Using a utility knife, cut the first piece to the precise size (Image 2)
Step 3: Screw the Drywall Into the JoistsMake sure the end of the drywall falls across the center of a joist or stud. This will strengthen the drywall and produce a seamless wall later.
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Step 4: Use a Drywall BitThe drywall bit helps sink the drywall screws into the drywall enough so that they can be mudded easily but not too much to tear through the drywall.
Step 5: Begin With the WallWhen the ceiling is covered, begin with the walls. Make notes of any obstructions like electrical boxes or lights that need holes (Image 1). Measure these obstructions from the studs and transfer the measurements to the drywall and mark them with a pencil (Image 2). Drill a starter hole in the drywall and then cut around these measurements with the keyhole saw (Image 3).
Start screwing the drywall to the wall studs (Image 4), sinking each screw below the surface of the drywall, spacing the screws 12 to 16 inches apart.
Step 6: Mud the WallMudding gives the walls a seamless finish and creates a blank canvas for texture and paint.
First, check that all the drywall screws are sunk beneath the surface of the drywall. Next with the 4-inch mud knife, load a small amount of mud into the tray and cover the screw dimples flush with the wall. When all the screws are covered, take the 6-inch mud knife and run it along the seam of the drywall, filling the crease completely.
Step 7: Tape the JointsBefore the mud on the seam dries, tape the joints. Hold one end while a friend stretches the paper tape across the mudded seam (Image 1). Follow behind your friend, smoothing the tape into the wet mud with the 6" mud knife (Image 2). Then go over the tape again with more mud with the 10" mud knife.
When the dimples and seams are mudded repeat the mudding process again the next day when everything is dry.
Clean all tools thoroughly when finished; any dried mud could leave gouges in your walls the next time the tools are used.”
There you have it, the basics. If you feel you need more instructions, or that it seems too difficult to do, please don't hesitate to contact us (417) 204-4949.