Drywalling: Should You Handle It Yourself Or Should You Hire?
January 6, 2023
By Executive Drywall Edmonton
It is a question that plagues homeowners all over Edmonton – should I do my drywall installation myself, or should I hire a professional? It can be tempting to try and take on the project yourself in order to save some money, but on the other hand, you may not have the time or expertise to do a good job. So what’s the answer? Keep reading for our tips on whether you should handle your drywall installation yourself or call in a professional!
Drywalling tools and materials you'll need
When it comes to drywall installation, having the right tools and materials is essential. Doing the job yourself requires a few basic pieces of equipment and supplies that are relatively inexpensive, making DIY drywalling a cost-effective option. Necessary tools include a drill/screw gun, a hammer, a tape measure, sandpaper, and a utility knife.
Materials consist of drywall screws and nails, joint compound (or “mud”), paper tape, specialty blades specifically designed for scoring and cutting sheetrock, as well as self-adhesive mesh tape to cover the seams where two sheets join. Along with these basics you may need additional items such as corner bead or wall texture. A professional-looking result can be achieved by anyone with the necessary know-how and access to these simple supplies and tools.
How to hang drywall panels
Working on drywall projects can be intimidating for a first-time DIYer, but hanging drywall panels is actually a straightforward process. Start by measuring and cutting the panels to size—add one extra inch lengthwise to each panel for an easier fit. Once your pieces are ready, use drywall screws along the studs to secure the drywall in place, spacing them 16 inches apart and making sure they’re tightly fitted.
Moving quickly, but deliberately is key here; this will ensure that any stress put on the walls during installation will be distributed evenly throughout, instead of being concentrated in one area. With the right preparation and proper care, you’ll have professional-looking drywall up in no time!
How to tape and mud the joints
Drywall installation is a great way to give a room an updated and stylish look, and can be done independently with the right techniques. Taping and mudding the drywall joints is the final step that seals the drywall, giving it its furniture like appearance. Start by buying quality drywall tape that is smooth and free of creases, then use specialty knives or trowels to press the tape into the wet joint compound.
To create a seamless finish, first use a narrow metal bulk knife for initial application by pressing firmly along every edge and corner of the joint. Then, use a medium-width knife for making several layers of mud over the tape in order to cover any bumps or indents from earlier application. Leave some time for it to set before using wide knives for applying layers on top until desired results are achieved. Once those final steps have been completed successfully, then your walls are ready for painting or additional finishing work.
Finishing touches for a professional look
Finishing touches are essential for a professional DIY drywall installation. You may think you’ll require professional help, and in some areas you do, but it is important to inspect the walls for any defects, such as nail pops, or cracks. You should use joint compound to fill in any imperfections and sand smooth after drying.
Next, mask off the walls with painter’s tape where the walls meet trim or other surfaces, then apply a finish coat. Sand lightly and wipe down the wall once more with a damp cloth. Finally, prime and paint your drywall with durable interior wall paint approved for the space being painted. Taking extra care in preparation and applying this last step with accuracy will ensure a professional finished look that you can be proud of.
Tips for avoiding common mistakes
Installing Drywall is a task that has the potential to become overwhelming, but proper attention to detail can make it hassle-free. First and foremost, take your time to make sure you have all of the proper materials. Be sure not to skimp on your tools either: quality tools are essential for a successful installation.
Talking to professionals or even looking up Drywall tutorials online will help streamline the process and help avoid errors like cutting pieces too small or mis-measuring placement.
A smart practice is to test fit all pieces before applying adhesive or screws to confirm they fit properly. When installing drywall screws, be sure not to overdrive them as this will create an uneven surface when sanding down for a seamless finish. With adequate preparation and familiarity with techniques, self-installing Drywall will be an efficient do-it-yourself job that can save you money and help refine your DIY skill set.
So, should you handle your drywall installation project on your own, or should you hire a professional? The answer really depends on the level of experience you have and how comfortable you feel with the process. If you’re confident in your abilities and have all of the necessary tools and knowledge, then go for it! But if there are any doubts or questions in your mind, it might be best to call in the pros. Executive Drywall would be happy to help! Just give us a call at 780 444 2647. Thank you for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!
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