Time To Remodel? 4 Steps To Hang Your Own Drywall

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You've embarked on a do-it-yourself home improvement project, and you're going to be hanging drywall. Hanging your own drywall is a great do-it-yourself project, especially if you have the time to do it right. Here are three simple tips that will help you hang drywall like a professional.

Go Big

Take a look at your drywall. You may think those big sheets will be easier to work with if you cut them into smaller pieces. Unfortunately, that's not correct. You'll actually be creating more work for yourself if you work with smaller pieces. Instead, go big. Using full sheets of drywall will allow you to have clean lines when it comes time to tape up the seams and apply the mud – which is the term used to describe the compound that will seal each of the joints and cover the wall.

Think Horizontally

When you start placing your drywall, you'll want to think horizontally. That means, you'll place your sheets of drywall lengthwise along the wall going from side to side. When it comes time to apply the mud, you'll be able to move along the joints in a straight line across the wall instead of climbing the ladder to move up and down the joint.

Use the Right Tools

When it comes to working with drywall mud, you need to use the right tools. Instead of choosing plastic pans and mud knives, reach for metal instead. Metal pans are easier to clean out, which is important if you're not going to be finishing the project in one day. Plastic pans are harder to clean out, which means you could end up with dried chunks of mud in your fresh compound. Unfortunately, that means your finished drywall won't be smooth. You should also choose a metal mud knife to apply the joint compound. Metal slides smoothly across the drywall to give you a more finished appearance.

Avoid Overlapping the Corners

Once you get to the corners, you should avoid overlapping the drywall. Instead of bringing your drywall edges together at the corner, stop both pieces at the edge of the studs on both sides of the wall. You might be wondering about the gap that will be present once you do that. However, that gap will be covered by the corner bead you're going to install. The corner bead will finish the corners and give you the professional appearance.

If you've decided to hang your own drywall, the information here will help you make a success of it. If you run into problems, be sure to contact a professional contractor who specializes in drywall trim.   

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