How To Install Drywall Like a Pro

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Drywall is the most popular material for finishing walls in the garage and throughout the house. And for good reason--it is inexpensive, readily available and easy to install. Even the tools needed for a drywall job are affordable. The following checklist will help lead you through the planning, shopping and installation steps necessary for a finished job worthy of a pro, but at a much lower cost.

  • 01 of 13

    Planning Tips

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    Plan ahead to keep material costs and time-consuming tasks to a minimum.

  • 02 of 13

    Estimating Costs

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    Learn how to determine what you will need and how much it will cost.

  • 03 of 13

    Drywall Cutting Tools

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    Drywall panels are easy to cut when you use the right tools. Here's what you will need.

  • 04 of 13

    Types of Drywall

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    How to compare different types of drywall.

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  • 05 of 13

    Sizes of Drywall

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    Standard 4-foot by 8-foot panels are best for most jobs, but larger panels can save you time and effort in some cases.

  • 06 of 13

    Joint Compound

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    Different types of joint compound ("mud") are available. Be sure you select the best for your job.

  • 07 of 13

    Drywall Tape

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    The pros and cons of different types of drywall tape.

  • 08 of 13

    Installing Drywall

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    Step-by-step instructions on "hanging" drywall panels.

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  • 09 of 13

    Cutting Drywall Panels

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    Tips for quick and accurate drywall cutting.

  • 10 of 13

    Making Cutouts

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    How best to cut drywall to fit around electrical boxes and other small items.

  • 11 of 13

    Taping and Mudding

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    Step-by-step instructions on filling and finishing the joints between drywall panels.

  • 12 of 13

    Finishing Corners

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    Special instructions on finishing inside corners on a drywall job.

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  • 13 of 13

    Repairing Drywall

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    How to patch and repair holes and scratches in drywall.