5 Tips for Installing Drywall

Posted on February 9, 2015


Taping drywall is not always easy – working with drywall in general isn’t always easy! However, the task needs to be done in so many different construction projects, so it’s best to have the best tools and tactics down pat in order to ensure the job is completed successfully. When working with drywall, you need to make sure you are following all safety precautions – wear a helmet, wear a face mask, and wear gloves. Drywall often covers loose nails that can injure contractors, and the nature of the product itself is sometimes unpredictable, especially in an older building. Below are 5 tips for working with drywall that will come in handy on almost every project:

Taping drywall:

Methodical drywall taping is important and will make your job have better quality results. Always remove broken or loose drywall first with a utility knife. Drywall often has blisters and broken sections that also require sanding.

Work with reliable drywall tools:

Many resurfacing tools are for specialized jobs; make sure you have the right ones on hand. Drywall tools can include utility knives, proper saws, a stud-finder, a nail or screw gun, safety glasses and a pry bar.

Always have proper edge support:

It’s easy to improperly finish the edges of your drywall surface. The framing at these edges is often inadequate or completely off. It’s important to ensure that the edges are straight, solid and screwed in tightly and properly. Ensure that there’s at least 1″ of exposed framing at the corners, and don’t guess your framing locations – mark them.

Don’t force fit an outlet or similar addition:

It can be temping to attach drywall to framing before trimming an outlet opening. Outlet holes often don’t fit, and you want to cut corners where you can (literally). However, this can lead to broken drywall around the box or outlet, which requires maintenance later. Check the fit before installing the drywall. Carefully measure and cut the openings in drywall sheet. If the fit is solid, fasten the sheet with screws along the top edge. Trim excess drywall until the wall slides easily over the outlet hole or box. Then finish installing.

Create just the right amount of joints:

Use the largest and longest sheets of drywall you need. That way, you’ll avoid having to create extra joints. Make sure your initial measurements are correct and always use more than you think you need. Don’t scrimp, and don’t be underprepared. Have large sheets delivered if you can’t transport them. You will always reap the benefits of having those large sheets for large jobs.