Basic Drywall Hanging: How to Hang Drywall

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Hanging drywall is a process that moves a construction or remodeling project into an entirely new phase. After the preparatory stages of planning, framing, and installation of utilities, drywall quickly initiates the transformation from job site to living space. You may have spent weeks or even months imagining a ceiling and walls. All right! Reality is just around the corner.

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Enlist some help
If you're installing panels on a ceiling, seriously consider renting a drywall lift or at least building some deadman supports. Manually hoisting panels can be an exhausting chore that dampens your enthusiasm right from the get-go. Recruit at least one helper, and thoroughly discuss the lifting, holding, and fastening processes before you touch your first sheet of drywall. Having different strategies while holding drywall over your head isn't a good idea.

Get the right fasteners
Choosing the right fasteners and adhesive for your project is crucial for a quality long-lasting project. Fortunately it's an easy process. If you choose nails, make sure that you get the ringshank variety for maximum holding power. If you opt for screws, make certain that you select the correct thread pattern: drive coarse type W threads into wood framing, fine type S threads into steel studs and resilient channels, and extra-coarse type G threads for gypsum-to-gypsum wallboard laminations.

Follow some guidelines
Experienced drywallers can drive fasteners along the length of a stud or joist and rarely miss. But most mere mortals need the benefit of guidelines lightly penciled or a drywall square. You can also mark with a chalk line if you do a preliminary snap on the floor to remove most of the chalk. After that, you can snap several lines that are lightly visible but still easy to wipe away with a rag.

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