The Ultimate Drywall Hanging Quiz

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About This Quiz

Feeling adventurous with your home improvement project? Applying drywall is not as complicated as you may think. You may need some professional assistance or advice for certain steps, but don't be intimidated. Take this quiz and become a drywall do-it-yourselfer!

What is the standard size of drywall sheets?

It takes some planning to limit the number of joints when putting up drywall. Consider that the standard drywall sheet size is 4 x 8 feet.

How are drywall sheets typically installed?

Drywall sheets are generally installed vertically. If a sheet fits better, however, horizontally, then go ahead and install it that way.

How many nails will you need to install your drywall?

Get ready to hammer in a whole bunch of nails! For every 1,000 square feet you will need 5 pounds of coated drywall nails.

Besides drywall and nails, what other building material do you need?

For your drywall construction, you will also need five-gallons of joint compound and 500 feet of tape for every 1,000 square feet of drywall.

Some drywallers prefer using drywall screws instead of nails. Why is having a drywall setting on your drill useful?

A drywall setting on your drill allows the drill to slip when it senses that the screw is fully inserted. This prevents “popped” screw heads from occurring

What is the purpose of drywall?

Drywall, also known as gypsum board, is a solid building material that is used to create interior walls of a home or building.

Before you install drywall, what do you need to do?

You need to make T-braces from 2 x 4 wood approximately an inch longer than the distance from the ceiling to the floor. If this is too adventurous for you, consider renting adjustable T-braces from your local hardware store.

What should you use to cut drywall?

Simply use a utility knife along a straightedge for cutting drywall to size.

What is the purpose of T-braces?

The main purpose of T-braces is to hold drywall in place. T-braces, however, can also be used as support to help snap apart scored pieces of drywall.

How far apart should you hammer nails into the drywall?

Hammer in nails 6 inches apart along the joints of the drywall.

Drywall taping involves:

You may require some professional assistance for drywall taping. Drywall taping involves covering all the nails and joints.

What is the first step in taping?

First, cover the joints with joint compound. Next, smooth the joint compound so that it is level with the drywall.

What is the purpose of drywall tape?

After the joint compound is applied, put drywall tape over the compound. Some of the compound will squeeze out. Next, smooth the tape and compound with a taping knife.

How do you cover the nails?

Cover all the nail dimples with joint compound.

How many coats of joint compound should you apply?

Applying joint compound is an essential but lengthy process. It involves applying three coats, allowing each coat to dry for approximately 24 hours.

The second coat of joint compound should be:

The second coat should be very thin. It should extend out by a few inches from the first coat.

What tool should you use when applying the third coat of compound?

Apply the third coat of joint compound with a 10-inch wide taping knife. This will extend the compound by 6 inches on either side of the drywall joint.

What should you do once all the coats of joint compound are applied?

Finally, once all of the coats of compound are dry, sand down the edges with a sanding block. Use a sanding block that is covered with medium-grit sanding paper.

What other areas of drywall should be covered with drywall tape and compound?

This part of taping is a bit tricky as the inside corners and the spots where the wall meets the ceiling are not easy to tape. Both of these areas, however, do need to be covered with drywall compound and tape.

What needs to be done on the outside corners of drywall?

Purchase metal drywall corners from your hardware store. After applying these metal corners, finish off with three coats of compound.

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