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Drywall Projects


Drywall finishing tools

To finish new gypsum drywall or repair damaged panels on existing walls, you need a pair of drywall knives and a larger blade for spreading and smoothing compound over wide seams between panels. The basics will do for most projects, although there are specialized drywall tools such as corner blades and swiveling sanding blocks attached to long poles so that you can sand joint com pound more easily.

 

Finishing drywall seams - Pages 1 2 3 4

Finishing drywall is one of those jobs that get easier with practice. The more comfortable you become with the tools and materials, the faster the finishing will go and the better results youíll get. For the beginner, the biggest problem is keeping the knives clean and the compound free of any debris. The goal is to get the smoothest possible surface after the com pound is applied. So any impurities that are dragged across the surface will create deep grooves that need to be sanded out once the compound is thy.

 

Installing backer board

In wet areas, cement-board is better backing for ceramic tile than regular or water-resist ant drywall as it will not degrade if it should get wet. Although itís usually Ĺ inch thick and is installed much like drywall, it is heavier and harder to cut.

 

Installing drywall

The hardest part of hanging drywall is in stalling it on the ceiling. The panels are heavy and unwieldy, so be sure to line up some help for this job. If you have to work alone, rent a drywall lift from a tool rental store. It costs about $40--$50 a day, and itís hard to find a better bargain. Once the ceiling is done, you can also use the lift to install the top row of panels on the wall. Remember, you can install these panels either vertically or horizontally. But the latter makes finishing the joints much easier.

 

Installing flat-panel wainscoting (1 2 3 4)

You can choose from many different wood species when planning a flat panel wainscoting job. If you want a high-end clear or stained finish, pick the best plywood stock and chose hardwood lumber of the same species to go with it. But if you plan to paint, as we did here, you can opt for less expensive materials and still achieve a top-drawer result. We used 1/2-inch-thick birch plywood for the fiat panels and 1x4 and 1x6 poplar for the rails and stiles.

 

How to remove wallboard

Mark the width of the rough opening on the wall and locate the first stud on either side of the planned rough opening. If the rough opening is more than 8" from the next stud, use a chalk line to mark a cutting line on the inside edge of the stud.

 

Paneling over furring strips

One of the classic remodeling jobs is to cover basement walls with wood paneling; this helps convert unfinished space into livable space. To do this job almost always requires installing furring strips on the foundation walls. Nailing wood strips to a concrete (or concrete block) wall is hard work but it can go surprisingly fast once you get started. Use 1x4 No. 2 pine boards for furring instead of the rough 1x2 material thatís usually called furring. These boards are almost impossible to work with. The lx4s provide plenty of nailing surface.

 

Paneling over studs

High quality sheet paneling is made of good plywood that is strong and durable. When nailed directly to the wall studs, as we show here, youíll have a stable surface that looks like solid wood, at least from a couple feet away. But if you are using cheaper, fiberboard paneling, [ in mind that this product is much less substantial. To get a good job, install a layer of drywall underneath. If youíd like to include some sound-deadening in a sheet-paneled wall, then hang fiberglass bats between the studs; install drywall over the studs; and finish up by nailing the paneling over the drywall.

 

How to remove plaster walls

Shut off the power and inspect the wall for wiring and plumbing. Mark the wall area to be removed by. Apply a double layer of masking tape along the outside edge of each cutting line.

 

Resurfacing a wall

Resurfacing walls and ceilings with drywall is a great way to give a facelift to an old room. Instead of gutting a room, you just cover everything with thin drywall, usually ľ-inch- thick panels. These are special order items and can be hard to handle without breaking. But they are well worth the trouble. You can either remove the room trim before installing these panels. Or install the panels, without removing the trim, if the drywall will butt against the trim boards instead of running over them.

 

Installing solid-wood paneling

Installing solid-wood paneling, like we show on this wainscoting project, is an easy way to add real distinction to any room. And solid boards can fit any decorating scheme because they look good when painted, stained, or covered with a clear finish. The boards are usually nailed to surface-mounted horizontal furring strips. If the combined thickness of the furring and the boards extends too far into your room, you can remove the drywall or plaster from the wall and nail the furring either across the studs or between them.

 

 

 

 

 

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