Drywall installation is an easy job, even for the DIY homeowner. With some support, one can easily put up drywall or repair the damaged drywall. The process is simple and once you get some practice, it is quick and nice. Most homeowners enjoy installing drywall. That is because it is a very convenient construction material which is commonly used to create partitions. Drywall installation costs do not vary a lot and it is generally not costly. The main thing to take care of when installing drywall is to secure electrical wires and plumbing lines in case they run along the drywall.
Drywall installation cost and prices : The total cost of drywall installation has a significant difference if you do it yourself versus if it is done by a contractor. If you plan to do it yourself, then it can cost around 0.25 $ per square foot on average for the drywall material. Plus, you would need drywall tools like lift, screws, tape, paint, joint compound, electric screwdriver ( power tool ) and many more. If you have all these things, then it is cheap to install drywall yourself. A full fledged contract for installing drywall includes material cost, labor cost, tool rental ( like for drywall lift ), hanging and finishing. Average cost by contractors is around $ 1 to $ 1.25 per square foot. Most contractors may charge slightly more if the amount of work is only a few hundred square foot and slightly less if it more than thousands of foot of work involved.
Drywall installation tips and steps : It is simple to attach drywall to wooden studs. These are the basic steps and some tips that help to avoid mistakes.
- Drywall is first measured depending on the wall size. It is preferred to cover entire wall in single panel. If not, they are generally hung in a manner which creates least seams between them.
- Drywall is then drawn on larger board using a large T square and not a small ruler. This reduces error. It is cut and fit is checked first. Always check the fit before installing, otherwise it may be too tight or too loose leaving gaps large enough to be seen.
- Drywall is connected to studs ( wooden or metal ) using drywall screws. These are meant for drywall only. So, there is no need of nailing and using a nail driver.
- Size and cut out holes for windows and doors. These can also be done at the time of mounting of window frames and doors.
- During installing of drywall, a common problem which people face is locating the studs behind the wall and joists at the ceiling. This should be marked before erecting the wall panel, else you will drive nails in the wrong place.
- Then apply tape to seams and joint compound to corners. The remaining part is just the finishing.
The process speeds up by using proper drywall installation tools and following instructions. Once you do one room, you will be able to do it much faster on the remaining rooms of the house one by one.