Installing drywall, one of the most common home building and renovation materials, can seem daunting at first, but drywall installation doesn’t have to be a complex process. Installing the drywall to minimize the number of joints is key, as taping the joints smoothly is usually the most difficult part of the job. Always start at the ceiling when installing drywall, and either construct or rent T-braces to hold a panel in place during installation. Starting at the center of the panel and working out, nail the drywall to the joists at 6-inch intervals. Be sure to give each nail an extra tap to dimple the surface without breaking the paper.
When hanging wall panels, cut areas for outlets and switches before mounting. Butt each panel against the ceiling and nail in 6-inch intervals beginning 4 inches from the top. Once the walls and ceiling are complete, the joints can be carefully taped.