Balslev Jenkins posted an update 11 months, 1 week ago
Installed by pros, an entire house could be installed or "hung" in a day. Taping, spackling and sanding will take normally 4 to 5 more work days until it’s ready for painting. With some practice, any homeowner can install drywall and achieve a satisfactory end result.
In case you have an opportunity to watch someone either hanging the drywall or really do the taping and spackle push the button can be quite a great help in seeing that they undertake it. Drywall will come in many different thicknesses high a several unique types for special applications. One of the most commonly seen drywall is one 1 / 2 inch thick which is employed in most areas of any home. Walls and ceilings both use 1 / 2 inch material. Within my state, five eighths inch thick drywall or 1 / 2 inch fire code drywall is required in attached garages and over a house boiler or furnace located in a basement. Garages and boiler room drywall requires only a single coat of tape and spackle termed as a fire coat, to stop a hearth from penetrating the drywall with the seams and screws.
Bathrooms are usually considered wet areas and so special green or water repellent drywall is utilized in a wet area. If tile will likely be applied then this drywall is often a special coarse rough surface cement drywall board. Drywall is available with lead linings for X-ray rooms, special insulation paper backing, printed decoration faces, along with a many other special applications.
Standard sheets of drywall are available in four foot widths but lengths consist of eight feet to sixteen feet as common sizes. Longer special order lengths are available. Many box stores and lumber yards carry lengths up to twelve feet with fourteen and sixteen foot sheets being ordered. Homeowners typically will choose eight foot lengths due to ease of handling the pad but over a twelve foot wall, that triggers an additional vertical four foot joint that must definitely be taped and spackled. A twelve foot sheet would reach corner to corner. Do that in a entire house and you are taking a look at numerous feet of extra work taping and sanding. That converts into many extra hours of labor.
Installing drywall is usually a two person job since handling the sheets is very cumbersome. When installing drywall over a ceiling a two person crew is not sufficient. With one person holding each side with the sheet another installing either their nails or screws to fasten it on the studs or rafters, maintaining your sheet tight towards the wall and inline with all the other sheets can be a chore. I have come across experienced installers hang five eighths inch twelve foot sheets on their own but this but it takes years of practice. Renting a drywall lift that may raise and hold a sheet set up will help you to work alone.
This is a much preferred practice to make use of screws when installing drywall on ceilings. Screws can be found in various lengths to suit the conditions but inch and five eights in total is easily the most common size used. Screws can be purchased in galvanized and stainless finishes as well.
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