Everything You Need to Know for Hanging Drywall by Yourself

Yes! You can easily save some amount of your money by doing your home’s interior construction by yourself using drywall.

Have no previous experience? It’s okay. But you have to do it in a proper way. Otherwise, all the money and effort will go in vain.

Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science. Just you have to be careful about several things, including how much does drywall weigh?

Hanging Drywall by Yourself

Here I am to provide you some relevant info regarding this topic. Let’s begin.

What Is Drywall?

It’s a kind of sheet widely used for the construction of interior walls and ceilings. Gypsum or calcium sulphate dihydrate is the main component of drywall. 

Sometimes gypsum is mixed with plasticizer, fiberglass, paper, foaming agent, or any other less inflammable and water absorptive materials.

Anatomy and Manufacturing Process of a Drywall

All manufacturers maintain almost the same structure in making drywall; a gypsum plaster between two layers of paper.

Firstly, the raw gypsum is heated to remove water and then rehydrated to produce calcium sulphate hemihydrate. Gypsum plaster is then mixed with various additives (like EDTA, starch, plasticizer, etc.) as retarders or fire resistance.

Silanes or wax emulsion is used to reduce the water absorption ability. The wet core mixture is then sandwiched between the two sheets of heavy paper or fiberglass mats.

After drying in a separate drying chamber, the combination becomes rigid and strong enough to be used as a building material.

Why Should You Use Drywall?

Well, there’re quite a lot of benefits of using drywall. If you don’t know much, here are the reasons that can convince you.

Safety

The additives mixed with drywall possess fire safety properties that will make your home safer.

Sound Proof

You will certainly be disturbed if outside noise comes into your room and distracts your mind. The three-layered barrier of such designs is effective at preventing noise. No matter how much thinner the sheet is, it can prevent sound very well.

Insulation

Imagine the interior environment of your room is cool in summer and hot in winter! These sheets facilitate exactly the same process as they have an insulating property.

Moisture Absorption

Drywall absorbs moisture between the walls, reducing the chance of mold growth. So, if you have an allergic problem, it’s extremely beneficial for you.

Easy Repair

If the drywall is somehow damaged, the restoration process is super easy. You can repair scratches, nail holes, or any other dents without facing much hassle. Just fill the hole, let it dry, and sand to a smooth finish.

Awesome Look!

You will get an elegant and seamless look of your room which is ready for decor. When it comes to painting the walls, you can perform this job on your own very simply and change the painting whenever you want as it is very easy to switch out.

For all these reasons, drywall may be your best choice.

How Much Does Drywall Weigh?

Well, it depends on several factors, mainly on size and type. Manufacturer’s location, relative humidity, and some other things may also affect its weight to some extent.

Drywall may be of different thicknesses, having unique weight and purposes.

You can’t measure the exact weight of drywall due to humidity level while manufacturing. Also, the type of material used is another factor that influences the weight. However, you can have a conjecture.

Lightweight drywall weighs about 28-30Ib/ cubic feet, whereas heavier ones can be up to 38Ib/cubic feet.

Why Should You Know How Much Drywall Weighs?

It’s really a matter of concern if you want to install a drywall by yourself. Too weighty ones will be difficult for you to hold on to and set up.

When you want to choose a drywall, look for the thinnest one as it would be easier to hang but wouldn’t sacrifice any major facility. But if you want to use these in a large building or office, you can contact the local contractors, and then the weight wouldn’t be a matter of trouble.

Weight is also important when you want to assess the strength of the sheets.

Drywall is strong enough, that’s why it is used worldwide. But it has some limitations too. Lighter sheets can’t endure much weight. Even the thicker ones may break down if heavier things are hung on them.

How to Install ? – It is a 10 Step Process

Actually, it may be much easier than you think. Just follow the simple procedure described below. Even you can do it alone!



Step 1

Collect the required instruments;

  • Drywall
  • Measuring Tape
  • Utility Knife
  • T Square
  • Screws
  • Screw Gun
  • Paper Tape
  • Mud or Joint Compound

Step 2

Use your measuring tape to layout the drywall size you desire. Then cut it with your utility knife.

Step 3

Equally divide the drywall into three parts by marking it with T square. If you don’t have a T square, use any other option available to you.

Step 4

Poke three screws along each of the markings at equal distances. Don’t pull all in, just a bit enough for holding.

Step 5

You should work with the ceilings at first, and then the walls. Check this article to avoid bulging drywall.

Step 6

Simply put the drywall up, set it at the exact location and push two of the screws at the middle using your screw gun. After that, you don’t have to hold it by your hands anymore.

Step 7

Fix the other screws in the same way.

Step 8

You can poke some more screws to make it firmer. Just place the screws between the previous ones, and push with the screw gun.

Step 9

Install the remaining sheets in the same way.

For more detailed instructions, be sure to check out this video about how to hang Sheetrock by yourself.

Step 10

Now it’s time to finish the walls. Fill the joint gaps with mud or joint compound and paper tape. Finally, if there are some other edges, lumps, etc. remaining, sand lightly. Check this video out for more information and guidelines

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