How to do DIY Drywall, Gyprock, Sheetrock Installation

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This post is about helping you decide whether or not you are going to gyprock yourself or get a professional in to do the job. I would say 9 times out of 10, a professional is a better option and here is why.

My friends have called me Reno Blonde Barbie over the years, I am sure this picture will help you see why! Although this isn’t the first time I have sheeted gyprock, I still know my limits.  Would I gyprock an entire house myself? Absolutely not. I would leave that to the professionals for a big job like that.

Here I’m working with my father who knows what he is doing. He’s done this many times before and has passed on his knowledge to me. On dad’s side of the family, it’s a ‘hands on’ type of family. That massive spanner I am holding in my creating spaces blog page (which weighs a ton!) is my grandfather’s and the tiny hammer is my father’s from when he was a small child. I used that hammer all the time as a child banging and bashing away in my grandfathers shed.

Here my father and I hung the sheets and got professionals into finish the rest of the job, taping the joints, filling the gaps, then smoothing and sanding. Note: Sheetrock and Drywall in Australia is called Gyprock. 

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Here’s a list of things you need to know before you start hanging and banging away!

  • If you haven’t gyprocked before then I suggest you get someone to help you who knows what they are doing.
  • Make sure there are no electrical wires in the way (otherwise get a qualified tradesman to do the job, getting electrocuted isn’t worth it!)
  • Turn your power off just in case, better to be safe than sorry
  • Don’t attempt to do an entire house if you haven’t got any experience, get in a professional tradesperson, trust me!
  • Make sure you use lots of stud adhesive (every 10 centimeters apart, lumps should be the size of acorns)
  • Use gyprock screws or nails (normal ones will not work)
  • Gyprock sheets come with thinner edges that are your joining edges, make sure you use joining edges to meet each other, otherwise you will have massive bulges in the wall

 

Cutting gyprock/drywall/sheetrock is really easy

  • Measure the area/length you need
  • Use a ruler/spirit level to mark your cut (with a pencil!)
  • Get a Stanley knife and use your ruler to cut along the line (across the top not all the way through)
  • The pick-up sheet and push the area where you have cut the sheet and it will snap
  • Then go back with your Stanly knife and cut the other side of the board

Sounds hard but it’s really simple! 

 

Hanging the GYPROCK/DRYWALL/SHEETROCK

  • RULE #1 YOU SHEET TO YOUR STUDS! (wood)
  • Mark the floor with a pencil so you know where all the studs are (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!)
  • Make sure your sheet fits the area before you use any stud adhesive
  • Do one sheet at a time, measure and hang individually
  • Make sure your ‘edges’ meet, gaps no more than 1cm
  • Put stud adhesive every 10cm around the area (acorn side)
  • Place the sheet
  • Give it a little push to ensure stud adhesive and gyprock bond well
  • Use gyprock nails or screws every 20cm around the stud area
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If you are only doing a very small section (like I am doing here) then it’s ok, give it a go, the worst that can happen is you need to pay a tradesperson to fix it.

Try and find friends or people you know who have gyprocked before to help you along the way.

Although gyprocking isn’t ‘hard to do’ it’s still labour intensive, can be time consuming and difficult if you don’t know what you are doing.

Always make sure you get a professional in if you don’t know what you are doing. Trying to save money isn’t worth getting yourself or others hurt in the process.

Until next time, see it, love it, create it! This is Character 32 doing her best to help you! 

 

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