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Install drywall panels

  • Difficulty: hammer hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-end projet

Installing drywall on the ceiling or the wall can be done by most do-it-yourselfers using ½" or 5/8" drywall panels. It requires minimum tools. For installing panels on the ceiling, it is easier with two people with bracing made from two crossed studs. However, it is possible for one person to do it by renting a drywall jack.

Before proceeding with the installation of the drywall panels, be sure to provide wiring for electrical outlets and switches and make sure all plumbing fixtures are in place.
The wall is framed with 2" thick (and either 4" or 6" deep) wood studs placed every 16" or 24" centre to centre.


Tools and materials required


  • Drywall hammer
  • Drywall knife
  • Drywall carrier
  • Drywall jack
  • Keyhole saw
  • Drill
  • Dimpler
  • Measuring tape
  • Drywall T-square or long straight edge
  • Level


  • Drywall sheets
  • Drywall screws or nails
  • Drywall corners or bull nose
  • Construction adhesive


Before Assembly


Nails-screws-drywallFor best results use screws, not nails. Use coarse-thread screws for wooden studs and fine-thread screws for steel studs.

A dimpling attachment for the drill will prevent screws from going to deep.

If you decide to go with nails, use a specially designed hammer. It's fitted with a slightly curved and textured head which doesn't damage the panel and it leaves a slight embossing that promotes the adherence of joint compound.


If hanging panel on concrete, such as the basement, you need to add strapping or furring to the wall to fasten the panel. Make sure to use proper insulation and a construction-grade vapour seal before closing the wall.

Make T-Supports to hold sheets on the ceiling. These are 8' pieces of wood with cross pieces nailed at the top (like a telephone pole) to hold up ceiling panels for fastening. A drywall jack can also be rented.

Wear tight-fitting gloves to protect your hands when cutting and to grip the sheets.


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