The Ultimate Installing Drywall Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Installing your own drywall can definitely be a do-it-yourself project with a little guidance. Keep in mind, however, there are several important and detailed steps to follow for successful a drywall project. Take this quiz and learn how you can drywall your home without professional help.

Installing drywall is:

Installing drywall is relatively easy if you follow simple do-it-yourself steps. Tapping, however, may require some professional assistance.


How do you figure out how much drywall you need to buy?

It's pretty easy to figure out how much drywall you need. Simply measure the square footage of the room and purchase the right number of 4 X 8 feet (1.2m X 2.4m) drywall sheets.


What is the standard thickness of drywall sheets?

The standard thickness of drywall for walls is 1/2 inch (1.3cm) and the standard thickness of drywall for ceilings is 5/8 of an inch. You are still advised to check your building code requirements before you purchase the standard thickness.


How much joint compound will your need for your drywall project?

You will be using a lot of joint compound for your drywall project. For 1,000 square feet (92.9sqm) you need approximately five gallons (19 liters)of joint compound, so plan accordingly.


How much drywall tape do you need for your drywall project?

For every 1,000 square feet, you need a 500-foot roll of drywall tape. Both drywall compound and tape are essential materials for tapping and crucial for any successful drywall project.


How do you get T-braces?

T-braces help keep drywall in place while it's being installed. If you feel adventurous, you can either construct your own T-braces from 2 x 4 wood. If you are feeling less adventurous, you can rent adjustable braces from your local hardware store.


What do you need to do before you nail your drywall into the wall?

You may need to cut your drywall to size before you nail it into the wall. Use a sharp utility knife to do this task.


Why should you hammer in the nails with an extra blow?

You want to give each nail an extra blow with your hammer to create a small dimple in the drywall. You will subsequently cover this dimple with drywall compound to leave a smooth surface over the nail.


Which part of the room should you drywall first?

Install drywall on the ceiling before anything else. Installing drywall on the ceiling is the most challenging and you may require an assistant for this job.


What part of drywalling is considered artistic?

Drywall tapping is considered the artistic portion of drywalling. It takes time, patience and perhaps even professional assistance. Some people simply prefer hiring a professional for this job rather than figuring it out on their own.


What is the benefit of using all-purpose drywall compound?

New and innovative all-purpose compound leaves behind less of a mess after drywall sanding. This new compound produces less drywall dust.


How does all-purpose drywall compound produce less dust?

All-purpose drywall compound produces bigger and heavier dust particles than its traditional counterpart. This new compound, therefore, produces dust that falls right to floor, rather than becoming airborne.


Why do you need to use joint compound?

Joint compound is used to smooth out cracks and bumps in the joints of drywall to create the illusion that you have one solid wall.


When should you consider using all-purpose drywall compound?

Consider using all-purpose drywall compound if you are remodeling a portion of your house while you live in the rest of the house. This new and innovative compound will limit airborne dust to the rest of your home during the remodeling project.


How do you apply drywall compound?

The first step of taping involves applying compound to the drywall joints with a 5-inch-wide taping knife.


What should you do after you apply drywall compound to the joints?

After you apply compound to the drywall joints, smooth the compound so that it's even with the drywall surface.


What should you do after you smooth the drywall compound?

After you smooth the drywall compound you need to apply drywall tape. Press the drywall tape firmly into the compound. Some of the compound will seep out of each side.


How long does it take for drywall compound to dry?

You need to wait a good 24 hours before you apply the second coat of drywall compound.


How many coats of drywall compound should you apply?

Taping is a long process. It involves three separate coats of drywall compound, with each coat separated by 24 hours.


What should you do after all the coats of compound are dry and you have sanded the walls with medium-grit sandpaper?

Let the walls dry for approximately five days after your sand the walls with a medium-grit sandpaper. Then apply paint primer, let dry and sand again with a fine-grit sandpaper.


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