Pro Tips for Hanging Drywall

Contrary to other home improvement projects like plumbing or electrical work that involve accurate and precise compliance, drywall hanging is a relatively easy practice. Hanging drywall is can be considered as an art. Many practitioners create their own methods to accomplish their job rapidly and effectively. Such tricks, hints, hacks, and secrets are useful for DIYers. 

If the walls or ceilings are not solid, then the panels will be bent when mounted and lead to the finished wall and roofs with strange contours and cracks. Using a level and long line to check the ceiling and wall components will help. This may involve planning members extending too far to exclude others. However, it is essential to have them on the ceiling and wall for that perfect drywall installation job. 

Drywall Installation Basics  

While pros generally install vertical drywall panels in commercial and industrial settings, they usually install the panels horizontally when working on residential buildings. The installation of horizontal panels means fewer seams are to be finished. For 12-foot drywall panels in many spaces, vertical seams cannot exist. You just need one horizontal seam after each panel. The horizontal mounting of drywall will increase the strength and durability of each wall from an engineering point of view. 

Be sure to mark the location of the stumps on the floor and ceiling. Use light markings using a pencil to chart the positions of the wall and ceiling before the installation begins. This makes running rows of screws easier on the drywall. Most of the pros snap through the drywall panels between ceiling and wall lines to push down the bowl with drywall torches every a few inches or so. Ensure that the line remains thin or is cleaned after the work is done to avoid paintwork bleeding. 

Cutting Drywall Panels 

Cutting drywall panels is done by snapping. In the long run, the trick is to cut the drywall with a knife on the side of each board. When you strike right, then the line you scored can easily be divided. To complete the cut using the knife, slice down the fold coming from the other side of the panel and fold it along the scored axis. 

Make sure that the panels do not penetrate the head of the screw into the face. The drywall head will force the paper down under the nose, but the screw will lose holding power when the paper breaks or the twist heads dig into the heart of the gypsum.  

Preferred Tools to Use  

If there are several pieces of drywall for hanging, use professional tools for efficiency. Most of them are easily available for rental at large house improvement stores. Some of the tools that you may need are listed below. Talk to drywall installation contractors to know more.  

1. Drywall screw gun 

This is a special kind of drill that will prevent the user from driving too deep a screw. It can do a lot better than regular drill drivers. Try to use this instead of any other tool to drive a screw through the drywall.  

2. Drywall lift  

Such a tool is very simple when complete drywall panels are finished in the overhead position. The lift can be used even without aids, although you might need a little bit of training to use this tool the right way.  

3. Drywall stilts 

If you can handle some practice, many DIYers can do lots of work on their drywall if they know how to use the stilts. With it, you can work overhead even without using a ladder.