Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to hang Sheetrock

Justin & I are getting down and dirty with the details from our Master Suite remodel. First on the docket? How to hang Sheetrock.

How to Hanging Sheetrock

Even dirtier will be next week's post about taping & mudding Sheetrock. I mean, look at what you have to look forward to.

What a mess

This hanging Sheetrock how-to is a quick tutorial, but a daunting one to most DIY'ers. I knew I was a little afraid of helping when we first started our remodel but with Carpenter Justin showing me the ropes, I quickly caught on and helped out as much as I could (which let's be honest, wasn't much). Ha!

With this post, we're going to give you the general overview of how to hang Sheetrock, with a few tips and tricks to make it easier. We didn't get too many photos of the process (since our hands were busy) so if you want an excellent and in-depth tutorial, we'd recommend this or this.

How to Hang Sheetrock

Since we put in all new insulation in our attic and walls, we had the task of hanging Ceiling Sheetrock (5/8" thickness) as well as Wall Sheetrock (1/2" thickness).  We purchased all of our Sheetrock from Home Depot in 4x8' sheets.

Here's what our room looked like before we started putting the poly on or the Sheetrock up.

Before you start putting up Sheetrock, all wall insulation should be in and poly should be up and securely fastened.

Pre Sheetrock

Hanging wall and ceiling Sheetrock are basically the same process, so while ceiling Sheetrock should always go up first, our "How-To" will be about the walls. It was much easier to take photos of Justin working when I wasn't standing on a ladder and desperately trying to be strong, holding Sheetrock above my head for the ceiling. So, wall sheetrock pictures it is.

Justin started by checking to see if the corners of our room were square. Since we have a really old home, the majority of our home isn't square or plumb (which drives Justin crazy) and means that we had to shave down the edges of almost every piece of Sheetrock to properly fit the corners.

How to Cut Sheetrock

After he shaved down the edges of the sheet or cut it to fit,  Justin held the piece of Sheetrock in place and I put 2-3 screws in to the studs to hold the board using 1-1/4" coarse threaded Sheetrock screws. (For the ceiling, use 1-5/8" coarse threaded Sheetrock screws).

After getting a few screws in place to hold the sheet up, Justin would step back and make sure that all corners fit properly. After confirming a good fit, I'd follow behind and put in all the remaining screws. There should be one screw every 12 inches on each stud or one screw every 10 inches for the ceiling rafters. (It's a damn lot of screws).

Screwing in Sheetrock

When you get to a sheet that will have a light fixture (for the ceiling) or a light switch or vent cover (for the walls) in it, Justin measured the hole for the light fixture/light switch/etc from both walls, marked that space out on the piece of Sheetrock and cut it out prior to hanging.

Measuring Sheetrock

Since the light fixture holes are circles, Justin drew a perfect circle using a compass, then cut it out using a keyhole saw to cut the hole out in the Sheetrock. For the vent & light switch holes, he drew them with his t-square to ensure that the lines were straight.

Cutting Sheetrock

Then we hung the sheet, confirmed the holes were lining up with the fixtures that they should, and screwed it to the studs.

Repeat 10,000 times (or however many sheets you need to install). 

Really, it's not a difficult job as long as you're precise with your measurements, patient with your old, cooked house and have at least one other person there to help you.

Here are a few tips & tricks that we can provide based on our experience. 

Tips & Tricks for Hanging Sheetrock:

Hang sheets much like you'd lay brick with stacked seams.

Screw in 2-3 screws, step back & look at your sheet to make sure that it's square and plum with your walls.

Measure twice, cut once

Draw lines on sheetrock to show where the studs/rafters are. This will make it easier to put in the screws.

Measuring Holes in Sheetrock

Make sure not to sink the screws to deep. Screws should be dimpled in the paper slightly, but not through the paper. (the "paper" is the first layer of sheetrock). If you send a screw through too far, don't worry! Just take it out. You'll be able to fill all your "oops" holes with mud. Trust me, I had plenty of "oops" holes.

Have any questions? Let us know! It's often easier to show someone how to do something vs. typing it all out. But hopefully this was helpful to any soon-to-be remodelers out there!

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