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Drywall How To Manual

Welcome to Drywall How To, where you will learn all about drywall, how it is made, how to hang it, how to mud it, what tools you will need and more. You will find out here that it is not a mysterious or difficult process. Most any do-it-yourselfer will find it within his or her means and abilities. It does, nevertheless, take a degree of precision and patience.

Drywall is a fairly recent development in home improvement. Not that long ago, walls were covered with lath boards and plaster. But some genius at the United States Gypsum Company discovered an easier way to cover a wall's frame. This was the beginning of drywall history.

Before beginning to drywall, you will want to make sure to gather together the proper tools for the job as well as the materials necessary. Also, you will want to make sure that the wall's frame is properly prepared.

Hanging the wallboard is a fairly simple process. Perhaps the most difficult part will be manhandling the sheets and putting them into place (especially on the ceiling). Nevertheless, if you follow basic procedures, you should have little trouble in sheathing your walls in this material.

Most minor mistakes can be covered up in the mudding or plastering over of the wallboards. This process is what makes for a smooth and uniform surface on walls and ceilings. Finishing up the job with a bit of sanding and priming will give you a receptive surface, ready for whatever home-beautification project you have in mind from painting to tiling.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of drywall is the fact that it is relatively easy to repair, replace, and remodel. Got a hole because the furniture movers put the leg of a kitchen chair through the wall? Or you needed to pull the wall apart to get to a plumbing leak? We tell you how to fix it. Intalling an outlet in finished drywall can seem daunting, yet it is a simple task with a little instruction, a keyhole saw, and the right kind of junction box.

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