How to Hang Drywall by Yourself


"Hanging'' drywall is the industry term for installing drywall sheets over bare studs to form interior walls. Technically, the drywall sheets aren't hanging, but are competely affixed to every wall stud with screws every few inches. The process isn't complete until you meld the seams between the drywall sheets, using joint compound (plaster). The compound is then sanded and painted. The idea is to make the individual sheets of drywall invisible once they're blended together at the edges.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 by 8 drywall sheets, ½ inch thick
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Razor knife
  • Screwgun
  • 1 1/4-inch drywall screws
  • Drywall saw
  • Drywall sanding pad
  • Measure the wall from one edge, toward the middle. Take the measurement to the last wall stud that is within eight feet -- the length of a piece of drywall. Take the measurement from the center of the stud width.

  • Use your level and a pencil to mark a line on a piece of drywall at your measurement, putting the line across the four-foot span of the piece. Cut along the line with your razor knife, scoring it deeply. Snap the piece cleanly at the line.

  • Press the piece to the wall studs, with the factory edge sitting along the vertical center of the last stud and the cut end in the corner.

  • Shoot screws every eight inches or so along each stud behind the board.

  • Repeat the process to hang the rest of the drywall, first along the whole bottom of the wall, then working your way up in courses. Make sure each course lands on different studs than the courses above and below it, so there are no four-way intersections.

  • Set drywall tape over the seams between the drywall pieces. Spread joint compound over the tape with a drywall knife, making the line of plaster just wide enough to cover the tape. Make sure it's flat and smooth. Spread additional compound over each screw hole. Let it dry for six to eight hours.

  • Spread on a second coat of joint compound over the seams, making it an inch or so wider than the first plastered seams. Let the compound dry six to eight hours.

  • Spread on third coat, again making it slightly wider. Let it dry for 12 hours. Sand it flat with your drywall sander. Repaint the wall.

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