How Drywall Works

Drywall installation is a famous DIY scheme for homeowners because it’s easy to understand and learn. It’s cheap too and doesn’t require any expensive specialty tools.

Start installing drywall in your house, after you have chosen which kind of drywall you need for your project, then estimate how many sheets you’ll need based on the size of the area. You can also save money by renting some of the tools you need during the work.  After that you can realize your project down into three easy steps:

1. Cutting

You should start by laying your drywall sheets out on a level, dry surface. Measure the length you will need for your project, and use a pencil to mark where you’ll need to cut the sheet.

2. Hanging

Start attaching your drywall sheets to the wood or metal studs used to frame your space. You have to hang sheets horizontally when you are working with wood studs, while metal studs work better with vertical installations. You have to do that because wood studs are more likely to warp and deflect over time.

3. Finishing

In the end, you’ll tape, sand and finish the drywall. This mean applying three layers of mud, one layer of drywall tape, and a whole lot of sandpaper. Before that, use a 6-inch finishing knife to spread joint compound along each seam. This first layer is called the tape coat and should be about four inches wide, centered on the joints in your drywall sheets. Next, apply drywall tape along the joints. The mud you applied will hold it in place.


Alternatives to Drywall

As convenient as drywall is, it still has some weaknesses. Some of the homeowners that have used that, are turned off by the hollow thump made when you knock or tap on the wall built with drywall. It can remember them, that drywall is still a cheap, quick fix.  Fortunately, there are some alternatives to traditional drywall that can be used to create walls in a building’s interior. Several of them are:

  • Masonry/Brick – An exposed, unfinished brick wall can add a lot of character to a home or office and adds a lot of value to the property because it’s rare and highly envied.
  • Traditional Plaster – Certain types of houses, such as those going for a traditional countryside look, will profit from plaster walls.
  • Veneer Plaster – This is an up-and-coming finishing technique that continues to gain fame. It subsists of a layer of thin drywall, called blue board, with a very thin, 1/8-inch layer of plaster applied on top.
  • Wood Paneling – This material has changed from the cheesy form it took at its debut. It’s now very simple to install and comes in nearly any wood veneer or finish you desire, though it’s still more expensive than drywall.
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Panels (FRP) – These panels are used in properties that would normally receive ceramic tiles, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and pools.