I probably should call this post “My Girlie Drywall Tips” because Charlie keeps telling me its not the way to do it. So I’m not going to give instruction in hanging drywall, I’m just going to list a few tips that work for me.
We finally cleared the sheets of drywall off the floor (by leaning them against the wall).
I was working on the wall inside our conservatory closet which has a washer/dryer hook-up so the drywall needed a few cutouts.
Inside the closet are hook-ups for a washer and dryer which need to be cut through the drywall.
Measure carefully and allow a little more space in the cutouts than the actual size of the outlet or other impediment. By a little more space I mean 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. I try to measure everything from the same side, if I start measuring from the left I take all the measurements from the left.
I always measure from the same side.
For a circle I try to find or make a template.
Templates can be anything.
Then I score the circle with utility knife and cut across the circle with the drywall saw.
The circle has been scored and the segments sawn.
The sections will just knock out. Then cut the paper on the back of the drywall.
The scored circle is very accurate.
Charlie’s method is to carefully cut out the circle with the drywall saw. Way too tedious for me.
The scribbled word says “metal” and designates a “no-screw” area.
I also make plenty of notes on the ceiling, floor, and other walls as to where there are metal plates or special circumstances so I can remember what’s going on under the newly applied sheet when I screw it in.
I use a drywall hand saw to make cutouts.
When using a drywall saw wiggle the tip to bore through the board and be patient. It will go through.
The piece fits.
On a slightly different subject: Don’t step on the corner of a piece of cement board if it’s not supported. Guess how I know.
I accidentally stepped on a corner and it broke off.
One more tip: When scoring drywall Charlie says I must make 2 swipes with the utility knife. I don’t, I only make one cut, then break the board.
I also draw quick guidelines for screwing. It really speeds up the process.
And I don’t put nearly as many screws in the wall as Charlie does. Not right or wrong, just the difference between men and women, I’m sure.
What things do you do differently from your significant other?