Lloyd Claycomb – Drywall for dummies: how to install it competently

Need to do repairs on the walls in your basement? Want to use the construction of your dream home as an excuse to learn how to put up walls? Either scenario requires you to learn how to put up drywall.

Don’t be scared – drywall installation is so easy, a dummy could do it. If you dedicate yourself to it, you can become good at this art in days.
Lloyd Claycomb found that out when he was working construction a generation ago, and finding it to be easily reproducible, he started a company that became a leader in Denver in this trade.

Becoming known for quality workmanship quickly, United Builders Service came to be one of the best companies of its kind in Colorado.

Want to install drywall competently? This article will show you how to get it done in an efficient manner.

1) Get all the tools and materials you’ll need

Before you start slapping up sheet rock, know that you’ll need a number of specialized tools and materials if you want to even start in this trade.

Yes, you’ll need sheets of drywall panels, but try to hold off on acquiring them: you’ll show you why later. When you go shopping, get knife, square, and saw that all are created specially to work with drywall.

There is also special tape, screws, and mud designed for this job, so get them before setting to work on this task.

Don’t forget a mud pan, as you’ll need a reservoir to hold this finishing material. A paper taper will be useful too, as you’ll need to cover the joints before finishing up with the mud. Having trouble finding these items? Ask friendly sales staff when you are trolling Lowe’s, and they’ll find them for you.

2) Get your measurements right the first time twice

Get all the supplies mentioned above, but hold up on the drywall plates for now. Why? Because you’ll need to measure all your walls/ceilings to see how much drywall you’ll need.

If you don’t like lighting money on fire, this is crucial, as bringing drywall in for a refund isn’t exactly an easy thing to do.

While you are measuring, you’ll also want to take the time to put in some fasteners as well, as this will secure the drywall, making for a stronger wall or ceiling.

Have weirdly shaped walls/ceilings? Get the measurements right, as you make have to do some creative cutting to make everything fit properly.

3) Stick in the drywall

Do ceilings first, then walls. When you are installing sheets, line up the edges with the center point of the joists or studs.

This will make for the strongest connection possible, which will in turn make the wall or ceiling the strongest it can be.

Use drywall bits to hold them in place, but be careful, as damage can occur if you are too rough.

4) Coat mud over the drywall

Once all drywall pieces have been installed, coat them in mud evenly. This final step will make texture application and painting easier to achieve. Don’t forget to fix tape on the joints, but get it done before the mud dries.

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