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Save Money Installing Drywall with Rental Tools from Time Equipment

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Winter is finally here and that means that home improvement projects usually shift indoors.  With the temperatures outside dropping to their winter norms, indoor projects can also help keep the heat in your home and keep the cold air out.  Installing drywall is a project you can easily do indoors and once it’s finished, it will help insulate your home.  Installing drywall isn’t as daunting of a task as you might think and Time Equipment Rental and Sales has all of the rental tools you need to get the job done right, while saving you money.

Sure there’s no such thing as a perfect building material, but drywall comes pretty darn close. First, it's relatively inexpensive. It's also DIY friendly.  Installing drywall is really easy and you don’t need a lot of tools to accomplish it.  Many of the tools you already own.  For all of the other tools you need to get the job done, come visit us and save money by using rental tools.  There still exists a common misconception that installing drywall is tough to finish. It's not. Producing pro-quality walls and ceilings means going easy on the compound. There's no sense in applying compound just to sand it off later. Also, be sure to use a light touch.  Finesse, not brute force, is what you need to spread a compound.

Installing Drywall: Tools and Tape

Tools You'll Need: Producing neat seams while installing drywall has more to do with a light touch and a smooth pulling motion than it does with the tools you use. Still, beginners are better off using thin, lightweight knives until you get used to the heavier drywall trowels that pros prefer.

Tale of the Tape: Paper tape is the seam material of choice because it produces a strong joint when paired with all-purpose joint compound. Self-adhesive mesh tape is used with setting compound, a fast-hardening material best left to the experts.

Installing Drywall From the Top Down

Hang drywall on the ceiling first, then work your way to the walls.   Using rental tools like sheetrock jacks and drywall stilts make this job a cinch.  Check the ceiling for bowed joists using a 4-ft. level.  Don’t worry about irregularities that are less than 1/8 inch. However, seriously warped framing will require you to use drywall shims--long strips of 1/8- or 1/16-inch-thick cardboard.

Use the longest sheet available to cover the surface. You want as few seems to tape as possible. 

With the help of your rental tools and another person, lift the sheet against the ceiling and hold it across the framing. Then, use a drywall hatchet or hammer and bang in some ring-shank drywall nails, so that the drywall paper dimples above each.  Place a nail at each joist along the panel's edge, and space them at about 16-inch intervals in the panel's center. To cut a sheet, use a drywall square to guide your utility knife and score across the panel's face. Snap on the score line.

Next, move to the walls.  Installing drywall on your walls will be a little easier than on your ceiling.  Apply a bead of construction adhesive on each stud to reduce the chance that nailheads could break through the drywall finish as the framing lumber dries. Lift the sheet to the top of the wall and screw/nail it in place.

Dealing With Wiring and Outlets

Electrical cables that run through wall and ceiling framing need protection because they can be pierced by a drywall screw or nail, which creates a fire hazard. The solution is simple enough.  When you’re installing drywall, make sure you also install self-gripping steel protection plates. Simply hammer them onto the studs where the electrical wire runs through.  This will prevent someone from trying to nailing into the stud.

To mark cutouts for electrical boxes, measure to the outside of the box using the edge of the adjacent drywall sheet as a reference point. Transfer the meas­urements to the panel using the dry-wall square, and cut on the outside of the pencil lines with a drywall saw. Now attach the drywall to the stud. If the cutout for the box isn't perfectly positioned and it needs to be enlarged, open it up slightly with a drywall rasp.

Working Inside and Outside Corners

Start work on the outside corners by cutting metal corner bead to length with utility snips. Then, lightly hold it in position.  Don’t make the mistake of distorting the corner bead by pushing it onto the corner, just hold it with two fingers. Check that the bead is properly aligned when viewed from both sides of the corner, then nail one face completely before nailing the second side. Space the nails 12 to 16 inches apart. For inside corners, spread compound on both surfaces with a 4-inch-wide drywall knife. Fold paper drywall tape in the center and press it into the corner. Squeegee away the excess compound with an inside corner knife.

Finish With Thin, Even Coats

Start taping perimeter seams by laying down a thin bed of compound along the seam using a 4-inch-wide knife. Press paper tape into the joint, then wipe away the excess. When the tape is dry, apply a second coat of compound with a 6-inch knife. Let this coat dry and apply a coat on top of it. When this is dry, lightly sand it with the fine side of a dual-grit sanding sponge. Apply one or two more coats on top of this using the 6-inch knife. Joints that run parallel to the drywall sheet's long axis should be coated to about 12 inches wide.  However, those seams running perpendicular to the long axis (on the ends of the sheets) need to be coated to about twice that.  Drywall is not tapered at the ends as it is on the edges, which makes it harder to hide the end joints.  To hide this, you have to cover them with a very wide seam that has an extremely shallow taper.

Your first pass on joints may look a little rough. However, the more passes you take, the more you can eliminate ridges and other imperfections.  Just reduce the compound on the knife to just a small glob in the blade's center and use a light touch.

Installing drywall is a great way to add value to your home and help insulate those unfinished rooms in your home.  By using rental tools like a taping banjo, sheetrock jacks, drywall sanders, and drywall squares, you can finish the job quickly while you save money.  We’ve also got texture machines for rent.  Once you’re done installing drywall, save money by using a texture machine!  Stop by our store and talk with the experts at Time Rental Equipment and Sales or give us a call at 605-348-2360 to find out how you can use our rental tools to save you money during your next home project!  Don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news and deals from Time Equipment Rental and Sales.

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