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What are some tips for installing drywall?

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Tips for hanging drywall include avoiding creating a joint at the corner of a door or window, minimizing the number of joints, measuring for fit before attaching the sheet and marking stud locations before covering them with drywall. While the process of hanging the material is simple, following these tips gives a more professional appearance with fewer problems developing later.

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Aligning the edge of a sheet of drywall at the edge of a door or window creates a weak joint along the corner above the opening. Cutting the sheet to fit around the opening leaves the drywall paper intact at the corner and minimizes the number of future cracks.

Taping and finishing joints is one of the most time-consuming tasks in installing drywall. Install the material to minimize the number of joints. Use 12-foot sheets of drywall where appropriate. For walls taller than 8 feet 1 inch, order 54-inch wide material to eliminate a third horizontal joint from the work.

Carefully measure each cut, and leave at least 1/8 inch for each joint. Forcing drywall into place because of a bad measurement is likely to cause it to break and make a weaker wall. If the cutout for an electrical box does not fit, trim it for a correct fit.

Avoid the hit-or-miss method of inserting drywall screws. Mark the stud locations before installing a sheet. Once the sheet is in place, mark the studs on it. Place the screws on the mark, and drive them into the stud every time to reduce the time and work involved in installation.

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