any tips n tricks to cutting and hanging dry wall and making
the seems disappear with that tape/paste materials?
any tips on painting to make wall look solid, without it looking like
it has those deep lines in it?
Go to your local public library and take out the Time Life book on
Or, go to Home Depot and buy one.
Check your local listings for DIY, HGTV, TLC, and PBS. There's bound
to be a home improvement show on where they go through drywalling in
excruciating detail in the next 48 hours.
It's not rocket science. Just don't expect perfection out of your
Hire the job out. Truthfully, if you've never done drywall and painting,
the best advice to save you time, disappointment, and probably money in the
long run is to hire it out to professionals.
If you are willing to be satisfied with the knowledge that you did the work
despite any flaws, delays, and the expense of probably having to buy a
couple extra sheets of drywall to cover the miscuts and breaks, an extra tub
or 2 of drywall mud as it takes you a couple extra coats to get it done and
account for the globs dropped along the way, and twice (or more) the time a
professional would take, you can find a lot of good books with tips on doing
the job. But practice is the key to getting a professional look.
Ditto on hiring a pro...Watch him and take notes , photos , ask questions ,
ect for next time....Try google for info if you MUST do it yourself...Way
to much to type out here if you don't already know the basics....Good
Dang- did it again- meant to reply to group, and only sent to previous
poster instead. (and I've only been on Usenet since the mid 80's...)
I'll third that recommendation. I might do a small patch myself, but for
anything extensive, it is worth it to hire a pro, for the lack of damage
to your blood pressure if nothing else. They make it look so freaking
I grew up in construction, I have the drywall-finishing knowledge in my
head, but somehow my hands can't translate that knowledge into doing
things the right way. No substitute for hands-on experience and constant
practice. Not like framing or trim work, where you can do one step at a
time. More like finishing concrete, where once you start, you have to
Measure the drywall twice, then cut it.
Apply a light coat of stuff to the joints, apply some tape over the seam,
then another light coat over that.
Feather it out twice with wider thingies, using the finish stuff last, and
sanding it in between.
When it's all dry, you paint it.
It's a pretty easy skill to learn if you go at it slowly and deliberately.
It helps to do your first wall somewhere like the garage where a small
booboo can be overlooked.
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