How to Install Drywall on a Concrete Wall

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Installing drywall on a concrete wall will help you finish your basement or garage the way you want it. It takes a few new skills to do this, and this article will show you how to install a clean sheet or drywall on your concrete wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer gun
  • Hammer gun nails
  • 2x4s
  • Drywall sheets
  • 1" screws
  • Power screw driver

How to Install Drywall on a Concrete Wall

  • Cut several 2x4s to 3" shorter than the height you want your wall to be. The typical wall is usually 6-8 feet tall but probably is a lot shorter inside a basement. Leave a few inches above and below your wall to install a ceiling and floor.

  • Lay the 2x4s flat on the ground 16" apart.

  • Cut longer 2x4 pieces for the bottom of the wall, and align them with the vertical 2x4s.

  • Attach the vertical pieces to the horizontal wall pieces, just like you are building a regular wall, however, keep every other vertical 2x4s flush on the ground so the wider flat side will be flush with the wall when you raise it to the concrete.

  • Using the hammer gun, nail the flush 2x4 pieces to the concrete wall. Then, space smaller sections of 2x4 or any thickness of wood that will make a flush fit when you apply the drywall to these vertical 2x4s. This is so you have something to attach the drywall to.

  • Hang your drywall using 1" screws and a power screw driver. Then tape and mud your drywall. You've just attached a drywall wall to a concrete wall and halfway done refinishing your basement.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to preserve space, you can leave out the horizontal wall pieces and simply hang your dry wall right against the vertical 2x4s. This means you won't double stud each section. It saves a lot of wood and time! However, it also means your wall is less sturdy.
  • Hammer guns use a powerful charge to drive nails into a concrete wall. Handle the cartridges with care, keep them dry and away from fire. Do not use them to build the 2x4 wall, just to drive the studs into the concrete.

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