Installing Basement Drywall: Step-by-Step Guide to a Safe and Secure Basement Wall System
Hanging drywall in a basement can be an intimidating task for many do-it-yourselfers. Fortunately, it is not an impossible job and can be done with just a few tools and knowledge. With the right preparation, you can install a professional-looking system on your own and with minimal effort.
You will need the right tools before beginning the process, such as a drywall saw, a power drill and screwdriver, a drywall lifter, a drywall hammer and nails, drywall screws, drywall tape and drywall compound. Make sure to pick up 3/8-inch drywall, as this is the most commonly used wall type in residential construction projects.
Begin by framing the walls with bottom and top plates and vertical studs that are 8-feet high at 16-inch intervals. Now you are ready to begin attaching the drywall. Start in one corner of the room and attach the drywall sheets to the studs and plates with drywall screws, using your power drill and spacing them 16-inches apart. When the last sheet needs to be cut to fit, use your drywall saw to make the cuts.
Once all the drywall has been attached, cover each joint between the sheets with seam tape and mud using a joint knife. Fill each dent from the screws with mud as well. When the mud is dry, use sandpaper to smooth the edges and remove any imperfections.
Now you can begin prepping your walls for primer. It is important to do this before applying paint, as it will provide a better finish and ensure the paint is better absorbed. After primer is applied, there is one more important step: coating the drywall with a sealant sealant. This will waterproof the area, which is especially important in the damp environment of a basement.
With these simple steps, you can install drywall in your basement with relative ease. Drywall works perfectly in basements and doesn’t require any special knowledge to install. It is an efficient way to quickly turn an unfinished basement into a usable and attractive space.