Installing & Finishing Drywall
For a more in-depth tutorial on installing and finishing drywall, watch our step-by-step video.
Anitra Mecadon's 10 Steps for Installing & Finishing Drywall
Accurately measure the wall and ceiling area to determine the amount of drywall you need.
Using a utility knife, score the front of the drywall deep into the core.
Snap the board so it's connected only by the back paper.
Using a utility knife, cut the back paper so it separates. A keyhole saw may be used to cut around electrical outlets, windows, and doors.
Trim rough edges using a rasp or utility knife until the edges are clean and smooth.
Hang the drywall horizontally against the framing, attach using fasteners, and remember to hang and attach ceilings first.
Using joint compound and paper joint tape, apply a coat of joint compound to the joints and firmly embed the tape to ensure a good bond, then let dry.
Apply joint compound over the taped joints and fastener heads – feathering out further with each coat, then let dry.
Using sandpaper, sand excess joint compound to a smooth surface, making sure you don't damage the drywall face paper.
Make sure the finished wall or ceiling is free from dirt, grease, dust or anything that might affect your primer or finished paint.
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