Stucco Drywall Installation Process

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What You'll Need
Keyhole saw
Utility knife
Safety goggles
Face mask
Drywall materials
Drywall nails
Stucco paint
Trowel or roller

Stucco drywall is a great addition to make your home more beautiful. Luckily, it is also something that you can take on as a do-it-yourself project. Stucco is created by mixing water, an aggregate, and a binder. These should all be applied onto the wall while the mixture is still wet. It will harden as it dries. Drywall is used to refer to walls created from panels made out of gypsum plaster. This plaster is placed in the middle of two sheets of thick paper and it is placed onto a kin to dry. Sometimes fiberglass is used rather than water because it is better at preventing the growth of mold.

Step 1 - Select the Drywall Materials

You need to figure out what kind of surface the stucco will be placed in. This will help you to decide on the thickness that you need. Most of the time, a ½-inch thick sheet is adequate. Get a water-resistant kind if you will be installing the drywall close to a water source such as a kitchen or bathroom sink.

You also have to figure out how many of the wallboards you need. Try to be as accurate as possible in estimating this so that you do not have to go back and forth to the lumber store.

Step 2 - Install the Drywall

Before you start to hang the drywall, you have to cut the sheets to make sure that they are at the correct dimensions. While you cannot be exactly correct all the time, it helps if you measure as accurately as possible. Drywall is easy to break but this is what makes it simple to cut. Just mark the line where you want the drywall cut and bend it there. It will continue to snap in a straight line. You can use your utility knife for this.

You can choose to install the drywall horizontally or vertically. You can even use the back portion in the event that you make a mistake. Push the wallboard next to the wall. Position the nails two at a time by every stud covered by the wallboard. Usually each set of two nails has to be around 12 to 16 inches away from each other.

Step 3 - Apply Stucco

Your stucco drywall is almost complete. Once you have installed the drywall, it is all a matter of applying the stucco. Before applying the stucco paint, cover the floors and protect all other fixtures. You may create different effects with the paint depending on how texturized you want the wall to be and what kind of tool you use for the application. The more you repaint over the wall, the more texturized the effect will be. The stucco paint will begin to harden in around 15 minutes so work fast to secure the effect that you want to place on the wall.