Garage Remodeling: Adding Drywall Garage Remodeling: Adding Drywall

What You'll Need
Utility knife
Tape measure
Chalk line
Drywall saw
Drywall screws
Power drill
Drywall knifes
Drywall compound
Drywall tape
Drywall trough

Adding drywall is a relatively simple garage remodeling project that will take you a weekend depending on the size of your garage. Drywall can turn a roughly framed-in garage and make it a comfortable part of your home. If you ever plan on transforming your garage into a shop or living space, you will want drywall anyway. Doing it now takes care of a big job later on. 

Step 1: Clear the Work Area

Gather all of your materials and tools into the work area. Clear the garage of any automobiles. Clear the area around the framed walls of bikes, garden tools, shelves or anything else that will hinder your work. Ideally, all you have before you are the framed walls. 

Step 2: Take Measurements

Measure the vertical and horizontal distance you have to cover with drywall. Factor in all the spaces above and below windows and doors and any odd angles or spaces you’ll have to cover. If the walls were framed correctly, the studs should be 16 inches on center. However, if they are not, take their placement into account before you begin hanging the drywall. You can make cuts in the drywall to accommodate. Drywall pieces should be joined over studs, meaning two pieces should come together over the middle of a stud. 

Step 3: Install Full Sheets

Start at the bottom corner of one wall and begin to install the drywall in full sheets where you can. It is easiest for finishing purposes if you install them horizontally, but if it’s easier for you to install them vertically, do so. Affix with drywall screws every 8 inches into the studs. Start in the center of the sheet and work out. Make sure the pieces are flush with the floor and end studs.

Step 4: Make Cuts for Fixtures

Account for any wall fixtures such as power outlets, light switches, the circuit panel, light fixtures or windows or access panels small enough to fit within one sheet of drywall. Don’t measure and cut out holes for any fixtures until you come to them. When you know the next piece will need a hole for a fixture, measure and cut it out just before you install that piece. Measure twice to be sure you make a hole in the right place. 

Step 5: Cut Drywall When Needed

When you need to cut a smaller piece of drywall to fit under or above a window or door, use a chalk line to make the straightest line and score it first with the utility knife. Run the knife through the gypsum core to get the cleanest possible cut. As always, make sure joints meet over studs. 

Step 6: Finish 

After all of the drywall is hung, it is time to finish the job. Unless you plan on adding a finish coat such as primer, texture and paint, a level 1 or 2 finish will suffice. That means all you need is a layer of all purpose drywall compound over every joint followed by strips of drywall tape. Cover the tape with a second layer of mud to reach level 2. Cover up your screw holes with drywall mud smoothed out over each indentation. 

With that, you have successfully hung drywall and given it a level 2 finish. You can always go back over it later with a higher finish level or leave it how it is. Either way, your garage looks more complete than it did. 

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