Even people who have done some do-it-yourself home improvement will find drywall installation tricky. Before you proceed with the tedious and complicated process, you must read up on how it’s done first.
You don’t want to put a lot of effort and money into it only to find out that what you’ve done is a total mess! So consider these points for your home project:
The plan. It’s the most important aspect of every successful project. Nobody should leap into action without knowing he’s getting into first. What is the theme of your interior design? What the types of materials will you choose? How will you do it? These are just among the questions that you need to answer in planning.
The schedule. For a project to be done in less time, it is important that you make a schedule for specific tasks. Drywall installation takes time. There are steps you need to follow, and you have to allot a specific time for each step.
Assistance. DIY doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to do things entirely by yourself. It actually refers to the manner of realizing a goal even without seeking help from a professional. So who among your family or circle of friends do you think could help you and wouldn’t charge fees?
The tools and the materials. The materials you will need will determine how good your installation will be. Usually, the tools and the materials you will need include the drywall sheets, drywall screws, nails, hammer, measuring tape, utility knife, drywall lifter, rotary cut-out tool, drywall saw, circle cutter, T-square, drill, metal cutting snips, and lastly, the stepladder.
It is necessary that you make a list of these materials, and that you buy those that are of good quality. Choose the appropriate materials in accordance to your needs. For your bathroom, for instance, a water-resistant drywall would be suitable.
The process. Once everything is all set, you may opt to proceed with your project. You can start with measuring and cutting. It is necessary that you measure and cut accurately with the use of the T-square and the trimming knife. When it comes to installation, it is best if you have fewer joints whether vertical or horizontal. This will add more sense instead of having a disarrayed drywall. With regards to ceilings, you may apply it using the right angle to the joints.
What you need to remember when you are using the horizontal application of the drywall is to start with the top boards first. Then apply joint compounds. For finishing touches, you may smooth out the joint compounds with the finishing knife and if possible, conceal any dimpled areas.
Improving one’s home is not that easy, it takes a lot of creativity and knowledge of the materials to use and the entire process. But it can be fun and, most of all, can be done with pride.