Drywall is HEAVY.
Guess how much one sheet weighs?
60 to 70 pounds!!!
Hoisting a 4 x 8 foot sheet of 5/8″ drywall above your head is no fun.
If you’ve done this by yourself you know what I’m talking about.
Today, Steve White from SRW Contracting will show you how to hang drywall on ceilings…the easy way.
We share the one tool you need and have another sweet giveaway 😀
Having the right tools makes a HUGE difference.
This is so true when it comes to hanging drywall.
Steve and I are doing a video series on how to remodel a bathroom.
A big part of that process is drywall.
So we’re sharing how to hang drywall ceilings the fast and easy way.
Especially if you’ll be doing this project by yourself.
These are the supplies you need:
- Drywall Lift (Rent for $40)
- Impact Driver (FREE or $99 to $199)
- DeWALT Drywall Screw Setter ($5)
- Drywall Screws (1 5/8″ Coarse Threaded Screws, 1 Box $10)
It’s the drywall lift that makes hanging drywall ceilings way easy.
After you watch or read this tutorial it’ll take you less than 45 minutes to hang a bathroom ceiling.
How to Hang Drywall the Easy Way
First things first, look for any electrical devices in the ceiling.
These could be lights, bath fans, or junction boxes.
Measure the distance of the boxes from adjacent walls.
Write these dimensions on studs, drywall, or a pad.
Don’t lose them or you’ll be kicking yourself.
You need the dimensions to cut holes in the new drywall ceiling.
Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to cut the holes in a different tutorial.
Steve shares a great tip when it comes to drywalling over bathroom fans the right way.
He’s cool like that.
If you rent a lift it’ll come in 5-7 pieces.
This is great because you can throw it into a car.
You don’t need a truck.
Once you’re home you can assemble it.
Home Depot rents drywall lifts for about $40 a day.
Place the drywall onto the lift arms.
The finished side of the drywall should face down.
Crank the lift’s wheel to raise and lower the drywall.
You want the drywall to be square against the wall studs and top plates.
Use 5/8″ drywall on the ceiling to stay to code and to prevent any bowing.
This is truly important if you have 24 on-center joists.
And you probably wanna add liquid nail on the joists in this case.
Steve explains why in the video 😀
What tools should you use to install drywall screws?
A DeWALT drywall screw setter and impact driver or drill.
The screw setter sets the depth of the drywall screw.
It provides a perfect dimple and prevents tearing of the drywall paper.
Either an impact driver or drill will work to set the screws.
What size and type of drywall screw should you use to hang drywall ceilings?
Coarse threaded drywalls screws are the best for wood joists.
If you’re using 5/8″ drywall for the ceiling you should use at least 1 5/8″ coarse threaded drywall screws.
This gives you 1″ to screw into the joist.
Screw sizes less than 1 5/8″ may stop the drywall from being properly attached to the joist.
And nobody wants a 70lb sheet of drywall falling on their head.
Sheets of drywall have Xs marked on the surface every 16 inches.
Drill screws into these Xs.
Drive screws about 1 inch away from the edges of drywall.
This prevents the drywall from breaking and losing it’s strength.
And it’s not a bad idea to mark the joist location on the wall studs.
This ensures you’re drilling the screws into wood instead of thin air!!!
A good rule of thumb when hanging drywall ceilings is to make the drywall sheet be perpendicular to the joists.
This makes the installation strong and keeps the number of joints to a minimum.
Watch the video to see all Steve’s tips…we promise they’ll help you easily hang drywall
Tools can be expensive.
So we’d like to offer up another sweet giveaway in the form of a $50 Home Depot Gift Card.
How do you enter to win?
Add a comment below that shares your own drywalling tip.
It could be about hanging drywall, taping, mudding, etc.
Here are the details
- 1 winner will be randomly selected
- Entry period ends Tuesday August 4th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST
- Only those who live in the continental US are eligible to win (sorry Canada)
- Home Repair Tutor is handling the prize fulfillment
Side note, a lot of people hate the dust from drywall finishing.
If you’ve got some tips on this PLEASE add them below.
Thanks as always for reading, watching and making our Do-It-Yourself community the best on the web.
See you down below.