Hang the Drywall
Drywall is best hung from the top down.
Normal framing is slightly longer than 8' so you want the gap to be at the
bottom. It is best to have a helper for this job, drywall is heavy and awkward
and trying to screw or nail a sheet up by yourself is all but impossible. There
is a device called a "sheet lifter" that can help but another human is generally
cheaper. Another tip is to mark the drywall every 16" before you lift it into
place so that it is easier to find the studs when hanging the drywall. If you
need help cutting drywall, check out the How-To.
Lift the drywall into place. Check either end to make sure that the drywall
is in the middle of a stud on either end (an inside corner should be pushed all
the way into the corner). Start driving screws or nails. You should use a nail
or screw every 6"-7". Make sure that the screw/nail head ends up just below the
surface of the drywall. Check your local codes for the distance they require.
Butt the next piece into place and screw/nail it into place. Complete the
entire course on the wall.
Position the sheet of drywall so that it butts tight against the top course.
Screw or nail it into place. If there are any electrical boxes or other
obstructions, make sure that you cut them out before affixing the drywall. Use
either a hole saw or a utility knife to cut them.