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Posted by ryan on December 10th, 2002 08:26 PM
In reply to Garage by Errika on December 10th, 2002 06:37 PM [Go to top of thread]

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first off i have to ask... do you already have a wall in place where you want to block off your washer/dryer...

if you do just follow these steps and you'll have a brand new laundry room in no time...

first be sure you have all the supplies and tools to do the job will want to have the following:

>1/2" drywall

>utility knife w/ sharp blades

>tape measure


>4' straight edge or drywall square


>flat bar (also called wonder bar)

>keyhole saw

>drywall screwgun or drill w/ drywall screwdriving tip

>1 5/8" drywall nails or screws (your choice; my instructions will be for using screws, but if you choose nails you will want to replace each screw w/ 2 nails spaced about 1" apart)


>one helper to help hold drywall in place

also if you want to finish the seams you will need:

>bucket of drywall compound

>fiberglass drywall tape

>1each of 4",6",8" drywall knife

>drywall sandpaper


Now that you have all the supplies you will need to hang your drywall lets get started:

if you are going to drywall the ceiling of the space you will want to drywall it first to give yourself room to play while lifting the sheets into place and so that when you put your walls in you will have a nice tight seam...

to hang the ceiling you will be running the long edge of your drywall the opposite direction of the rafters...

start by measuring from the wall to the center of the rafter that is closest to the length of your drywall this measurement is the length you will cut your drywall (for example if you have 4'x8' sheets of drywall you will be cutting your drywall so that it ends in the center of the rafter that is closest to the end of the sheet...lets say that measurement is 94")

now to cut the drywall you will need to start w/ the front side of the sheet (this is the side that you can see that the edges are thinner than the middle of the sheet) you will want to measure out the length of the sheet and mark it w/ your this twice once at the top and once at the bottom of the sheet ant draw a line between them if you are using a straight edge or just draw a line from the top mark if you are using a drywall square...

now use your utility knife to score the fron of the sheet(you just need to cut through the paper so there is no need to push very hard) you need to snap the sheet by pushing from the backside of the sheet where the score mark is...once you snap the sheet you will need to cut through the back paper w/ your knife

now w/ your helper you will lift the sheet into position making sure the factory edge is centered on the rafter w/the cut edge tight in the corner (if your walls are not square you will need to trim the edges of the sheet as necessary)...uput screws into each of the rafters all around the perimeter of the sheet to support it...then put screws in the center of the sheet along each of the rafters (5-6 screws per rafter) make sure the heads of the screws are just below the surface of the drywall but don't let them break the paper

now repeat these steps of measuring-cutting-hanging for the rest of your ceiling making sure that all of the seams are on the rafters so they can be fastened securely and stagger your joints along different rafters so they don't all line up...

to cut out for light fixtures you will need to measure their location in relation to the corner of the sheet then mark it on the will cut it out w/ the keyhole saw...(REMEMBER TO MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE sure you are measuring from the same place on your sheet as you are on the ceiling)

so like w/ your ceiling you will pick which corner you want to start from and measure the length or you first sheet making sure it ends in the center of a stud...measure and cut the sheet of drywall

once the sheet is cut have your helper help lift the sheet tight to the ceiling and fasten w/ screws the same way as you did on the ceiling
now that your ceiling is hung you can start w/ the walls ...when hanging drywall on walls you always run the sheets horizontally...and you always start at the top

cut out any switches/oputlets/doorways the same as you would for a light in the ceiling instructions

just like w/ the ceiling stagger your joints for the best finished product and keep gaps to a minimum

to make sure that your bottom sheets of drywall are joined tightly w/ the top sheets use a flat bar to lift the sheets tight

if you would like tips on finishing the seams please e-mail me

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  • Garage by Errika  12/10/02 06:37 PM

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