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Working With Drywall
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Are you installing new walls or redoing an existing wall? Perhaps
you are looking for dry wall techniques to change an existing
architecture. Regardless of your purpose, working with drywall can
be a tricky task. There are many things that need to be considered
before you begin.
Common drywall purposes include retexturing ceilings and walls,
installing a new wall, redoing an existing wall, and making small
design changes. Before tackling any of these projects, several
important aspects of your home and its walls should be carefully
looked over before installation.
One of the first things you should do is determine where your
electrical wiring is located. Checking for and protecting wires and
pipes should always be done before you install drywall. In addition
to your electricity, you should also make sure that your ceiling has
been installed or replaced before starting on your drywall. Unless
you are, of course, replacing your existing ceiling with textured
Other elements to be taken into consideration:
• Make sure to check your studs and joists. Everything should be
spaced correctly and put in its proper place.
• Add any vapor barriers that apply to your geographical climate.
Where you place the barrier depends on your climates temperatures.
• Insulate all exterior walls and soundproof all of your interior
walls. It is much easier to do this before installing your drywall;
otherwise you will be faced with much more difficulty.
In addition, it is important that you select the proper tape and
joint compound for a drywall project. The tools needed for drywall
installation are usually inexpensive. The trick is to know how to
use these tools. Keep in mind that installing drywall requires skill
and coordination, so if at any point you feel uncomfortable tackling
the job alone, consider hiring a qualified contractor.