Drywall 101

Hanging Drywall

The term "Drywall Hanging" is used to refer to the process of installing gypsum panels. The skills required for hanging drywall are most closely related to general carpentry skills, though special tools unique to the hanging process make the job easier. Drywall Hangers will generally install metal or vinyl bead that covers and protect the outside corners. Drywall Hanging is followed up by Drywall Tapers who prepare the walls for Painting.

Cutting drywall panels is not difficult. Most cuts can be done using a utility knife and T-square. Before electric routers became popular, many special drywall hanging tools were required to make different types of cuts. However, routers are now the primary cutting tool used for anything other than strait cuts made with a utility knife. Please read this article for more details on how to cut drywall.

Installation is done with nails or screws made specifically for drywall applications. Please read this article that discusses options for securing drywall

Drywall screw guns are essential for professional Drywall Hangers. Drywall can be installed using a cordless drill however much care must be given to how the screws are set in the drywall paper. Please read this article for more information on how to use a cordless drill when installing drywall.

When installing drywall, the layout of sheets is important because the location of the seams can affect the strength of the joints and prevent cracking. Bound edges must be kept together just as drywall butts must be kept together. Please read this article for more information on how to lay-out drywall.

If you have ever carried a sheet of drywall you know that working with the stuff can get quite heavy. There are however certain techniques that can help you carry a sheet of drywall so that it doesn't feel like you're wrestling a rhino.

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