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Hanging Drywall

If you are replacing old drywall or have new construction, it's time to hang the drywall. You should have completed all the electrical and plumbing work. Don't forget to run any telephone and now is a great time to run extra CAT 5 cable for a computer network.

Before you button up the wall, make sure that have had your work inspected.

If you are going to hang drywall on the ceiling, do that first. Usually you use 1/2" drywall for walls although you could use thicker if you like.  Again, it is a good idea to check local building codes.  You will also need some fasteners.  I recommend 1 - 1/4" drywall screws.  They will not "pop" on you later.  You will also need a screw gun or other electric drill/screwdriver.  If you use nails, make sure that you get drywall nails.  They have "rings" on the nail and big heads so that they hold better.  You will also need joint compound (mud) and tape.  Use the solid paper tape, it generally provides better results. Also, pick-up outside corner trim pieces as this will last much longer than just compound.

Cutting out for electrical box using RotoZip

Cutting out for electrical box using RotoZip

Level of Difficulty

Time Required:
8 hours
Utility knife
Screw gun
Tape measure
Chalk line
Framing square
Hole saw or RotoZip
Drywall compound and tape
Drywall screws
Safety Precautions
Follow local building codes and inspect all rough-in electric, plumbing and framing first.

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