How to install drywall
Finally! A step-by-step guide to hanging drywall! This section will guide you along as you hang sheetrock on your newly framed walls!
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project.
Metal Frame Pliers
Straight-cut aviator’s snips
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
fine-threaded drywall screws
Drywall Screw Setter
Concrete Suspended Ceiling Anchors
Steel studs are perfectly straight, don’t shrink or split. They’re light, easy to store, resist fire, insects and rot. Steel studs are cheaper than wood. And you’ll really like the fact that steel studs are about 30 percent cheaper than wood.
Step 1: Chalk the lines where the track will be fastened to the floor using a chalk box. Snap a chalk line across the perimeter of the floor to outline where your track will need to go.
Step 2: Cut the steel studs
Cut both side flanges of a steel stud, using straight-cut aviation snips. Then bend one flange up—clear of the snips’ jaws—and cut across the stud’s web.
Step 3: Screw the lower lengths of track to the floor.
The best technique for framing steel walls is to first fasten the floor and ceiling tracks and then install the studs one at a time.
Use the chalk line to position your lower track and screw the track in by first drilling a hole into the track and stud, and then fastening with a screw.
If you’re drilling through concrete, try using the hammer drill.
To make sure that the upper and lower track are plumb, you can use either a laser level, a plumb bob, or two water levels.
Once plumb is established, attach the track to the upper ceiling. Use a drill and screw gun to the attach the track, pretty much just as you attached the ground track. If your track runs perpendicular to the ceiling joists, fasten the track to the joists with self-tapping drywall screws. If your track runs parallel to the ceiling joists, fasten the track to the joists with drywall anchors or Concrete Suspended Ceiling Anchors.
1. Drill or core a hole to the recommended diameter and depth using the fixture as a template. Clean the hole thoroughly with a hole cleaning brush.Remove the debris with a hand pump, compressed air, or vacuum.
2. After ensuring that the anchor is assembled correctly, insert the anchor through the fixture and drive with a hammer until the washer contacts the fixture.
3. Tighten the bolt with a torque wrench to the specified assembly torque.
Don’t use drywall screws to screw your studs together—they’re not designed for that. Metal Stud Crimper work best.
The Metal Stud Crimper features a unique punch and die shape that creates a rectangular crimp connection by bending over layered thicknesses of channel and stud at one time to form a sturdy bond without the use of fasteners.
Step 4: Hang drywall
After measuring carefully, score the surface with a utility knife and sharp blade, making sure to cut through the top layer of paper.
Once the board is scored, simply bend and snap it. That will leave it hanging by the bottom layer of paper.
Use a sharp blade to make a clean cut through the paper layer.
Attach the board to the wall-studs using self-tapping drywall screws.
They should be spaced every 20.3 cm along edges (where two sheets meet on a stud) and 30.5 cm on centers located elsewhere.
Tips: Carefully plan the layout of your drywall so the edges of the sheets will hit the studs. Otherwise, you’ll have to add studs at the ends of the sheets, or cut the drywall to hit the studs.
Don’t install drywall with the tapered edge of a sheet on an outside corner of a wall. It will make it more difficult to finish the corner when it comes time to mud and sand.
Raise the drywall about ¼” off the floor using a drywall lift or other spacer, and begin inserting screws while holding the board firmly in place. This part is much easier with a helper.
Be sure that all screws are sunk slightly below the surface. Carefully rub a small scraper over each screw head. If you can feel the screw, carefully use a screwdriver to tighten it (without ripping through the paper).
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