Installing Wallboard (3 of 3 sets of instructions)

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Hanging wallboard is a project that can be completed quickly and easily with a little preplanning and a helping hand.

 

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Overview

Hanging wallboard is a project that can be completed quickly and easily with a little preplanning and a helping hand.
Planning the layout of panels will help you reduce waste and deal with problem areas. Where possible, install full panels perpendicular to the framing to add strength and rigidity to walls and ceilings. To save yourself time and trouble during the finishing process, avoid joints where two untapered panel ends are butted together. These are difficult to finish because there’s no recess for the compound and tape. In small areas, install long sheets horizontally that run the full length of the walls. Or hang the panels vertically, which produces more seams that need taping but eliminates butted end joints. If butted joints are unavoidable, stagger the seams and locate them away from the center of the wall, or install back blocking to help mask unflattering effects.

What You'll Need

Tools:

chalkline (A), surform plane (B), compass (C), wallboard compass (D), protective masks (E), drill with hole saw (F), trim router (G), drywall gun (H), utility knife (I), eye protection (J), tape measure (K), wallboard lifter (L), caulk gun (M), pry bar (N), wallboard saw (O), keyhole saw (P), framing square (Q), level (R), wallboard T-square (S)

Materials:

chalkline (A), surform plane (B), compass (C), wallboard compass (D), protective masks (E), drill with hole saw (F), trim router (G), drywall gun (H), utility knife (I), eye protection (J), tape measure (K), wallboard lifter (L), caulk gun (M), pry bar (N), wallboard saw (O), keyhole saw (P), framing square (Q), level (R), wallboard T-square (S)

 

Step 1

How to Tape Wallboard Joints-Step 1

Apply a thin layer of wallboard compound over the joint with a 4" or 6" wallboard knife. To load the knife, dip it into a pan filled with wallboard compound.


Step 2

How to Tape Wallboard Joints-Step 2

Press the wallboard tape into the compound immediately, centering the tape on the joint. Wipe away the excess compound and smooth the joint with a 6" knife. Let dry overnight.


Step 3

How to Tape Wallboard Joints-Step 3

Apply a thin finish coat of compound with a 10" wallboard knife. Allow the second coat to dry and shrink overnight. Apply the last coat and let it harden slightly before wet-sanding. Tip: Use premixed wallboard compound for most taping and finishing jobs to eliminate mixing. Use paper wallboard tape when using premixed wallboard compound.


Step 4

How to Finish Inside Corners-Step 1

Fold a strip of paper wallboard tape in half by pinching the strip and pulling it between thumb and forefinger. Apply a thin layer of wallboard compound to both sides of the inside corner, using a 4" wallboard knife.


Step 5

How to Finish Inside Corners-Step 2

Position the end of the folded tape strip at the top of the joint and press the tape into the wet compound with the knife. Smooth both sides of the corner. Finish as described in step 3, preceding page.


Step 6

How to Finish Outside Corners-Step 1

Position corner bead on outside corners. Using a level, adjust the bead so corner is plumb. Attach with 11⁄4" wallboard nails or screws spaced at 8" intervals. (Some corner beads are fastened with wallboard compound.)


Step 7

How to Finish Outside Corners-Step 2

Cover the corner bead with three coats of wallboard compound, using a 6" or 10" wallboard knife. Let each coat dry and shrink overnight before applying the next coat. Smooth the final coat with a wet sander. TIP: Sand joints lightly after wallboard compound dries. Use a pole sander to reach high areas without a ladder. Wear a dust mask when dry-sanding.


 
 

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