This week's post is our drywall installation. It briefly crossed my mind to call this post a "tutorial", but based on the mess we made of the installation process, I can certainly NOT refer to this as a tutorial. Nor do I want anyone to use it as one. This should be more of a beginner's guide to teaching yourself how to install drywall. Hopefully you can learn from our mistakes and have a better experience than we did.
That being said, the end result is far better than what we started with. However, it is nowhere near what we would have gotten if we'd paid a professional. Though I am quite positive that we saved a ton of money. So there's that...
I will start from the beginning. I measured every foot of my garage that would need drywall installed and I drew out diagrams in my sketchbook. I included the window dimensions as well. I wanted to make sure I purchased the exact amount of drywall I needed - no more, no less. In order to transport the drywall, I had to rent a truck. So I knew I had to be precise because I only had one chance to get it right.
Once I'd drawn out my garage walls and their dimensions in my sketchbook I started drawing in the sheets of drywall. I must have done 4 different drawings of each wall. I was trying to decide between sheets that were 8 feet long or 12 feet long, and I wanted to figure out whether I should place the drywall lengthwise or widthwise.
I ended up getting the sheets that were 8 feet long. They were much easier to manage and cost less than the other ones. I would have needed less of the 12 foot sheets, but I would've had to make more cuts and spent just as much money.
As for the direction of the drywall, I chose both. On one wall, there was already some ugly, old drywall hanging up. So I placed the new drywall in the same direction as the old. On the other wall that was completely blank, I stood the drywall sheets up because it required less cutting and looked cleaner.
As for the steps, we started by clearing stuff out of the garage to make room for us to maneuver. Then we removed all the old nails, screws, and hooks from the studs in order to create a flat surface to work with. Then we started by installing the sheets of drywall that we knew we wouldn't have to cut. That was the easiest part.
We have a hot water heater in our garage that has a big hose sticking out of one wall. So we had to cut our drywall out to allow some space for that. These are things you can't really plan for until you're invested in the project. We were able to cut around the hose and leave a space big enough that it could be accessed in the future if need be.