How to hang drywalls?
If you have ever taken the time to watch a skilled tradesman hang drywall, you marvel at how easy and fast it seems to be for them. For the average homeowner who may want to save a few bucks on a home construction project by doing it himself or with a helper, hanging a drywall can be very intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. Here, you will learn some helpful techniques and tips on how to hang drywall.
- Use a Deadman- A deadman is a temporary brace that is made of two lengths of 2x3 or 2x4 joined together and braced to form a T. Cut one of these as long as the ceiling is high plus 1 inch and the other about 3 feet long. When hanging a drywall, just wedge deadman underneath a panel and fastened it. It is highly recommended to use 2 deadman on your ceiling panel, especially if you are working alone. If so, make sure that you oppose the angles of the two uprights, tilting them the same way creates an unstable situation.
- Use a Stepladder- Stepladders are made from three different materials such as fiberglass, aluminum and wood. Drywallers tend to prefer aluminum for its low cost and light weight or durability. Ladders a rated according to the weight they can safely hold. Remember, however that drywall is heavy, if you weigh 200 pounds and lift a 54 pounds ½ inch panel, you’ll be stretching the limit of a Type II ladder.
- Use a Panel Lifter- A panel lifter allows you to raise a panel an inch or so off the floor while keeping your hands free. You’ll use this handy device when installing wall panels nearest the floor. A panel lifter also gives you fairly precise control when positioning the wallboard, especially if the panel above is set. You can buy a panel lifter or make one from a pair of 3-inch wide lengths of pine. In a pinch, you can use a pry block and bar of wood.
- Using a Panel Hoist/Jack- A panel jack is a real work-saving device when drywalling ceilings. By mounting a panel and lifting it up into position, you have a nearly effortless way to provide ceiling-panel installation.
- Using Stilts- Shoe stilts take some time to get used to, right and they can be awkward and dangerous. But when mastered, they can provide easy access and mobility to high areas when hanging drywall.
Along the length of a sheet of drywall, you’ll notice beveled edges. Where two of these edges meet is called a seam. The bevel allows the recessed area of the seam to be filled with joint compound and smoothed flat. Where two horizontal edges meet is called a butt. The butt joint has no recess, so it’s harder to smooth and fill. For more details about hanging a drywall, browsing the web or conducting a research can be a big help.