How to Hang Drywall

Contractor Frank Di Leo schools us on the basics of how to hang drywall and saves us a bundle ($6,000-9,000) in the process!

Warning: For advanced DIYers only! If you haven't done this type of work before, recruit your handy Uncle Bob or someone else with drywalling experience to help you get the job done.

how_to_hang_drywall1.jpgStep 1: Framing

  • Separate framing components: top plate, bottom plate and studs (vertical two-by-fours) on the floor and attach. (You can also assemble the frame on the wall, but in Frank's opinion, the floor is easier and allows less room for error.)
  • Place studs 16 inches apart from each other to fit standard drywall sheets.
  • Once frame is secure, lay down vapor barrier underlay and lift frame into place. Level and affix to floor and ceiling joists.

Step 2: Electrical

  • Determine your electrical needs. Where are your receptacles going? Hire skilled tradespeople to run the electrical through the studs and connect everything. There should be a receptacle every 12 feet, which translates to about 3-4 receptacles in an average room.

Step 3: Insulation and Vapour Barrier

  • Choose insulation appropriate for 16-inch studs, preferably with an R value of 12-14 to help keep heat in or out, depending on the space.
  • Gently place insulation between studs, fluffing it into each section. Don't force or pack it in, which can damage the insulation.
  • Staple gun vapour barrier over insulation along the length of the wall. This is to keep moisture from permeating. Use Tuck Tape to connect vapour barrier sheets. You should also use tape to seal around receptacles.

Step 4: Drywall, Tape and Mud

  • Install drywall with drywall screws.
  • Tape all wall connections with drywall mesh tape and start mudding.
  • One the mud is dry, sand, re-mud and allow to dry again.
  • Do a final sand, then prime and paint your walls!

 

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