The Orientation for Laying Drywall

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The orientation for laying drywall requires you to make sure that you are measuring just right. Find out about the orientation for laying drywall with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and this is orientation for laying drywall. Now when you are laying drywall, it's very important that you do it correctly, otherwise you are going to have some messed up seams where you can see the cracks or it's not going to be as strong as you might like it. For this job I'm going to be using a battery-powered drill with the number 2 Phillips bit, a tape measure, something to mark some lines on your drywall and plenty of drywall screws. When you are putting up your first piece of drywall, you want to take it, sit it against your studs and stagger the seams, so that way when you put your next piece up to it, you will be able to attach two different pieces of drywall to the same stud. So when you are hanging the drywall, we're going to take one screw and put it up just to hold it in place. When you put your screws in you want to countersink them into the drywall just a little bit, not enough to break through the paper and get to the gypsum on the inside, just enough so that way when you put your mud across there you will never see the screw. When it comes to the sides, we're going to take our screw, put it angling back into the stud a little bit, that way we can get some meat of the stud and it won't bust out the side and we'll go ahead and screw it in. After that's done, we'll go through and screw off all of the drywall, spacing your screws about 12 to 16 inches apart. Now with this next piece of drywall, we're going to pick it up and sit it on a piece that we've already screwed in. After it's up there, we're going to split the stud, that way we can put our next piece on here and have something to hit. When you do this you want to make sure that the two factory seams that have the bevels are lined up together that way it's easier to mud. Now I'm going to take a screw and put it into the drywall while I'm holding it in position and screw it in. Then I'll go ahead and screw off my drywall. It's important that when you are hanging drywall, you separate the seams, you stagger them from one stud to another. This is going to make this drywall a lot stronger rather than having one seam run all the way down through it, they will be staggered. So this one won't mess with this one at all. Hanging your drywall like this might take a little bit longer but it's going to be a lot stronger and those seams are going to be much easier to hide. Thank you all for watching and good luck on this project.

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