How to Install Sheetrock Walls

What You'll Need
Greenboard/Concrete Board
Joint Compound and Fiberglass tape
Drywall Screws or Ringed Nails
Carpenters Knife
Drywall Saw
Keyhole Saw
Taping Knife
Corner Knife
Sand paper
Pole Sander
Mud easel or Pan

Installing sheetrock walls is not a task that has to be completed by professionals, so you can save money by doing it yourself. The one thing to keep in mind is that it is going to be hard to do by yourself. Because the sheetrock is so heavy, you are going to need a friend or two. The mudding and taping aspect of installing sheetrock is something else that can be done without professional assistance, but at the same time with practice it is something that could be done.

Step 1: Measure and Order the Material

The first thing you need to do to install the sheetrock walls is to order the material needed. To do that you need to measure the area of installation in order to order the right size materials. Because the sheetrock material is 4x8, you calculate the total square feet of the ceiling and the walls and then divide it by 32. Then you order the materials based on the measurements.

Step 2: Prepare the House/Rooms

The next thing you need to do is to make sure that the area is safe for installation. The best way to do that is to have an inspector approves that the job can be done safely. After that a vapor barrier should be used to put over the insulation or the outside walls. The best vapor barrier is usually sheets of plastic. You staple the sheets of plastic on the framing that covers the insulation.

Step 3: Prepare Yourself

Once the area is safe, the next important thing is to make sure that you are safe. Be certain to use safety goggles, masks and gloves.

Step 4: The Actual Installation

When installing sheetrock, you begin with the ceiling. You must be remember to cut the drywall panels down to the correct size so it would fit. The sheets on the wall will help hold the sheets on the ceiling. The screws and nails have applied in a way that creates a dimple and does not break the paper. The way to be certain that the paper is not broken is to give every nail one more hammer blow than you normally would. The screws and nails should be integrated every 8 to 12 inches. The screws should be closer to 12 inches apart because they are stronger than the nails (the nails you may be integrate every six inches depending on size). The best bet is to connect the screws and nails to the edge of the sheetrock and then fill in the rest afterward. After the ceiling is finished then the wall panels must be cut and installed. To make the cutouts you have to measure the cutouts on the drywall.