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Hanging drywall

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Ready for drywallAlthough I still have two walls to insulate (those needing R19), I decided to go ahead and start hanging the drywall. Since I've never done this before, I thought I'd enlist the help of someone who has some experience- my brother-in-law, Gino.

Gino has finished two basements on his own, and graciously offered to show up at 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday to help me get started. After a morning coffee and some muffins, we were ready to go!

Getting started hanging drywall

We decided to start in the back, right corner of the basement and work our way around clockwise. (just like I did with the framing- see "Starting construction- Hammer Time".) This meant that we had a series of short walls, two doors, ductwork, and pipes to work around right off the bat.
Before you start drywalling, plan ahead to see how you're going to do it. Carefully planning will help make hanging drywall much easier.

Since I had to have the drywall cut to get it in the basement (See Drywall, insulation and hardware delivery), my installation is a little more complicated than most because I'm using a short sheet (2 feet) on the bottom, and a larger sheet (about 5 feet) on the top.

We decided to hang the drywall for each wall on the bottom first, then go back and do the top. Since I decided to use glue in addition to screws, we'd measure, cut, and test fit each piece, then add the glue. Finally we'd secure each piece with screws.

How to hang drywall: Because I had to cut each piece to get it into the basement, I'll have more seams to finish when I'm all done.

The added glue step made the work a little messy, and also slowed us down quite a bit. Despite that, we made good progress during our seven hours of work on Saturday- working all the way around to the closet under the basement steps.

Warning about using construction adhesive to hang drywall!

When I bought the glue at Lowe's, I didn't read the warnings on the label. If I would have, I wouldn't have bought it!!! There were numerous heath warnings (including the risk of flash fires), along with the instructions to open ALL windows until the glue has cured.

Although we opened the only basement window that we could, the vapors seeped into the ventilation system and permeated the house. We had to sleep with all windows open, and I was very concerned about the dangers.

If you decide to glue the drywall, be prepared! You may even want to consider leaving the house overnight until the air clears. Better yet, use a low-odor latex-based adhesive (sometimes called "Low VOC" adhesives) that won't force you out of your home!

Construction adhesives can emit noxious fumes as they harden! Be sure to read the warning label!

Be sure to read the warning label on all construction adhesives!

Progress Topics

Getting electrical estimates - How much does an electrician charge?

Drywall estimates

Electrical rough-in

Soundproofing: Caulking the walls

Drywall, insulation, & hardware delivery

Insulating the walls

Hanging drywall

Hanging drywall: Day 2

More hanging drywall

Drywall finishing

Drywall sanding

See also...
Phase 1: Basement prep and framing

Phase 3: Priming, painting and finshing touches




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