How to Install Drywall (Sheetrock) and Achieve Excellent Results

The thought of installing drywall in their home can induce feelings of trepidation, anxieties and images of certain disaster for many homeowners, but the truth is it is within most homeowners ability to not only install drywall, but do an excellent job as well. Again, as is the case in most home improvement undertakings; the key to success is having the right information to guide you through it and having the desire and impetus to do the job correctly. That’s all. Successful drywall installation can be attained even if you’re novice, just put your best foot forward and commit to doing a quality job and you will be successful.

I have installed drywall both commercially and within the residential sector for years now and I will be glad to share with you the best of my experience and knowledge that I have attained over the years. So take a deep breath and let’s begin the journey.

Introduction

Call it drywall, gypsum board, Kings Drywall panels or sheetrock (actually a brand name), it’s just different names for the same thing. For over six decades drywall has become the overwhelming choice of architects, builders, contractors and even homeowners as the material of choice when it comes to their interior walls and ceilings. Over 90% of all homes and buildings built in the last forty years have their interior walls and ceilings covered with drywall and that number continues to increase each and every day. Major gypsum manufacturing companies in the United States and Canada have a back order for drywall and as research and development departments continue to discover and implement new and better products, the demand for drywall seems to increase by leaps and bounds.

However, with the demand for such a great product continuing to increase, there is a down side that can leave some bewildered. Although drywall became a welcome alternative to plastered walls and ceilings, unfortunately many homeowners quickly came to the realization that drywall is susceptible to cracking, dents, crevices, and even large holes. And it became apparent that hiring a contractor to come in and repair these unsightly walls and ceilings could prove to be quite expensive to say the least. So many homeowners begin to do their own version of repairs and installations, but for the most part the end results were troubling.

But now, here is an opportunity for me to share with you some of what I have learned over the years about installing drywall. Most of my experience has been in the residential sector, but I have done quite a bit of commercial installation as well. I hope this guide will prove to be both beneficial and inspiring, and remember there is a wealth of information out there that is available to assist you in your installation project. Just use good common sense and take your time and never, never feel foolish about asking questions! So, all aboard?

Preparation

For clarification, this article is written to help instruct and assist homeowners in the installation of drywall in their home. Commercial application is not taken into context in this forum.

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