Installing Wallboard (2 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 Cut an Electrical Box Opening: Chalk Method- Step 1

Rub the face of the electrical box with chalk, then carefully position the panel where it will be installed, and press it against the box


Step 2

How to Cut an Electrical Box Opening: Chalk Method-Step 2

Pull the panel back from the wall; a chalk outline of the box is on the back of the panel. Drill a pilot hole in one corner of the outline, then make the cut with a keyhole saw


Step 3

How to Install Wallboard on Flat Ceilings-Step 1

Snap a chalk line perpendicular to the joists, 48 1⁄8" from the starting wall


Step 4

How to Install Wallboard on Flat Ceilings-Step 2

Measure to make sure the first panel will break on the center of a joist. If necessary, cut the panel on the end that abuts the side wall so the panel breaks on the next farthest joist. Load the panel onto a rented drywall lift, or use a helper, and lift the panel flat against the joists


Step 5

How to Install Wallboard on Flat Ceilings-Step 3

Position the panel with the leading edge on the chalk line and the end centered on a joist. Fasten the panel with appropriately sized screws driven every 12" along the joists.


Step 6

How to Install Wallboard on Flat Ceilings-Step 4

After the first row of panels is installed, begin the next row with a half-panel. This ensures that the butted end joints will be staggered between rows. TIP: Drywall stilts bring you within reach of ceilings, so you can fasten and finish the drywall without a ladder. Stilts are commonly available at rental centers and are surprisingly easy to use.


Step 7

How to Install Wallboard on Walls-Step 1

Plan wallboard placement so joints do not fall at the corners of doors or windows. Wallboard joints at corners often crack and cause bulges that interfere with miter joints in window or door trim.


Step 8

How to Install Wallboard on Walls-Step 2

With a helper or a wallboard lift, hoist the first panel tight against the ceiling, making sure the side edge is centered on a stud. Push the panel flat against the framing and drive the starter screws to secure the panel. Make any cutouts, then fasten the field of the panel with drywall screws driven every 12".


Step 9

How to Install Wallboard on Walls-Step 3

Measure, cut, and install the remaining panels along the upper wall. Bevel panel ends slightly, leaving a 1⁄8" gap between them at the joint. Butt joints can also be installed using back blocking to create a recess.


Step 10

How to Install Wallboard on Walls-Step 4

Measure, cut, and install the bottom row, butting the panels tight to the upper row and leaving a 1⁄2" gap at the floor. Secure to the framing along the top edge using the starter screws, then make all cutouts before fastening the rest of the panel.
Variation: When installing wallboard vertically, cut each panel so it’s 1⁄2" shorter than the ceiling height to allow for expansion. (The gap will be covered by base molding.) Avoid placing tapered edges at outside corners; they are difficult to finish.


 
 

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