Drywall Installation

Written by Mark J. Donovan

Installing Drywall, or hanging drywall asrepparttar professionals usually refer torepparttar 150711 task, can be done byrepparttar 150712 homeowner. However, it is usually best done with two or more people as it requires significant lifting of heavy material. Mudding and Taping can also be performed byrepparttar 150713 homeowner, however these tasks require some practice and artistry.

Measuring and Ordering Drywall

Prior to actually hangingrepparttar 150714 drywall,repparttar 150715 material first needs to be ordered and delivered. To determine how much material to order, measure all ofrepparttar 150716 surface area, starting withrepparttar 150717 ceilings and thenrepparttar 150718 walls. Calculaterepparttar 150719 total square feet and divide by 32. The result should give yourepparttar 150720 number of 4x 8 sheets of drywall required forrepparttar 150721 job. I would also recommend adding another 5-10% to this figure to account for inefficiencies. Drywall does come in larger sheets, such as 4x12, however for a Do-it-Yourself homeowner these larger sheets can become unwieldy and maybe even impossible to bring intorepparttar 150722 existing home.

For bathrooms or other moist areas Greenboard should probably be used as this material is moisture resistance.

For bathroom areas where ceramic tile is to be applied, e.g. Shower/Bathtub areas, Concrete board should be used. The concrete board is also referred to as Wonderboard or Durock.

Joint Compound and Fiberglass tape will also be required for Taping and Mudding. Joint Compound typically comes ready-mixed in 5 gallon containers. I would suggest 1-2 containers per 500 square feet of drywall. Fiberglass tape is quite inexpensive so I would suggest picking up 2 to 3 roles for most Do-it-Yourself drywall projects.

Drywall screws or ringed nails will also be required. Typically I use 1.25 length screws or nails. Also, strips of corner bead will be required. Drywall Tools

Prior to starting drywall installation, you need to obtainrepparttar 150723 proper tools. A Drywall Lift really comes in handy when hanging sheetrock/drywall onrepparttar 150724 ceilings. You can rent Drywall Lifts at hardware or home improvement stores. If your budget does not allow for this cost, Jacks (or Ts) can be made out of 2x 4s. The Jacks (or Ts) should be of a length such that they are just an inch or two taller thanrepparttar 150725 height ofrepparttar 150726 ceiling and have a cross beam that is approximately 3 in width. Usually there are a couple of 45o angle braces connectingrepparttar 150727 crossbar torepparttar 150728 main stem ofrepparttar 150729 Jack. The Jack can then be used to hold uprepparttar 150730 drywall torepparttar 150731 ceiling while it is screwed/nailed into place. In addition torepparttar 150732 Lift or Jacks, a drywall screw gun, hammer, T-square, carpenters knife, drywall saw and a keyhole saw are required. The keyhole saw is used for cutting around electrical boxes.

If mudding and taping are to be performed then Taping knifes, a Corner knife, sand paper, a pole sander and a Mud easel or pan will be necessary. Forrepparttar 150733 taping knifes you will need a 6 wide blade and a 12 wide blade.

Preparingrepparttar 150734 site for Drywall

Prior to hangingrepparttar 150735 drywall, make surerepparttar 150736 building inspector has first approvedrepparttar 150737 Framing, Plumbing, Electrical and Insulation jobs. Secondly, a vapor barrier should be applied overrepparttar 150738 insulation onrepparttar 150739 outside walls if un-faced insulation was installed. Frequently sheets of plastic are used for creatingrepparttar 150740 vapor barrier. The plastic is simply stapled torepparttar 150741 framing, coveringrepparttar 150742 insulation. Finally, inspect all ofrepparttar 150743 framing carefully. Ensure that nailers (e.g. 2 x 4s) are existent at each corner and header, thatrepparttar 150744 framing is straight, and thatrepparttar 150745 framed walls create smooth planes. In addition,repparttar 150746 ceiling should have strapping applied (1 x 3 cross boards). Also, make sure metal protection plates have been installed to studding where sheetrock screws or nails could inadvertently penetrate plumbing pipes or electrical wire.


Drywall installation is dirty, heavy work. The Gypsum in drywall can be irritating torepparttar 150747 eyes, lungs and sinuses so wear safety goggles and masks to avoid breathing inrepparttar 150748 material. Gloves are also recommended to protect against sharp blades.

Installing Drywall

Start withrepparttar 150749 ceiling as this will allowrepparttar 150750 sheets onrepparttar 150751 walls to help holdrepparttar 150752 sheets onrepparttar 150753 ceiling. Userepparttar 150754 Drywall lift or Jacks to holdrepparttar 150755 sheets in place while screwing or nailing them torepparttar 150756 ceiling. The screws or nails should be installed such that they are slightly recessed and create a small dimple without breakingrepparttar 150757 paper. Screws or nails should be applied every 8 to 12 inches on each stud. Screws are typically stronger and can be placed further apart, e.g. 12 inches. It is best to fastenrepparttar 150758 screws/nails torepparttar 150759 edges ofrepparttar 150760 drywall first and then fill inrepparttar 150761 field afterwards.

Rows of drywall should be applied in a staggered pattern. This will create an interlocked pattern that creates a tighter and stronger ceiling/wall. Afterrepparttar 150762 ceiling has been completed it its time to move on torepparttar 150763 walls. Drywall should be applied fromrepparttar 150764 top down, withrepparttar 150765 sheets hung perpendicular torepparttar 150766 floor joists or studs. Againrepparttar 150767 rows should be staggered. The bottom piece should sit about inches fromrepparttar 150768 sub-floor.

For purposes of efficiency and strength it is best to applyrepparttar 150769 large sheets of drywall overrepparttar 150770 doors and window openings and cut outrepparttar 150771 excess later. This will create stronger/cleaner looking walls and save significant time.

Installing Corner bead

Oncerepparttar 150772 drywall has been installed, corner bead should be applied to all outside edges. Corner bead should be nailed every 6-8 inches and penetraterepparttar 150773 framing.

What type of Gazebo is right for you? Top Questions you need to ask

Written by Dion Semeniuk


Having a gazebo inrepparttar backyard is an excellent way to enhancerepparttar 150063 appearance while providing you with a quiet place to sit and relax after a hard day at work. Gazebos are wonderful for barbecue parties, family gatherings, or simply sipping on a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade on a lazy day. To create a romantic setting, you could string miniature lights alongrepparttar 150064 railing and roof ofrepparttar 150065 gazebo and then spend time with someone special out underrepparttar 150066 stars. Because of their popularity,repparttar 150067 number of gazebo sales is rising. However, as with any investment, you want to make sure you chooserepparttar 150068 right type. For that reason, considerrepparttar 150069 top five questions you should ask.

Can gazebos withstand strong winds?

If you live in a part ofrepparttar 150070 country prone to high winds (Chicago), then this is a very important question to ask. Ifrepparttar 150071 gazebo is constructed properly, it will hold up even in windy conditions. The reason is thatrepparttar 150072 gazebo canopy is designed with a wind vent that releases strong wind pressure. In addition, your gazebo would be anchored securely atrepparttar 150073 vertical points sorepparttar 150074 base, whether wood, stone, or concrete, is solid. Finally, gazeboes are heavy. For example, an 11-foot model will typically weigh between 325 and 350 pounds.

Will my gazebo have a bug screen?

When shopping around for a gazebo, remember that not all includerepparttar 150075 price of screens to keep out little creatures. Therefore, if you want a screen, you need to consider two things, first,repparttar 150076 additional cost and second,repparttar 150077 weight. In other words, make sure your type of gazebo is designed to handlerepparttar 150078 screen if you decide to add one on at a later date.

How isrepparttar 150079 foundation floor secured?

This is also an important question to ask since not all gazeboes are created equal. Most gazebos are erected on a foundation such as wood deck, concrete slab, or paver patio. Whatever surface you choose,repparttar 150080 gazebo will need to be anchored. Forrepparttar 150081 wood gazebo, screws can be run throughrepparttar 150082 bottom plate ofrepparttar 150083 wall section and then intorepparttar 150084 deck. For concrete, you would drill throughrepparttar 150085 bottom plate and then intorepparttar 150086 concrete, using concrete anchors. Then forrepparttar 150087 paver bricks, you want to use a concrete pier that is raised torepparttar 150088 height ofrepparttar 150089 paver brick for each ofrepparttar 150090 corners.

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