How to estimate drywall quantity?

Getting close to the drywall stage in my basement, and wondering about quantity. Since I'm only dealing with 1 wall, should I just measure every drywall surface to come up with an exact amount?
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Get more than you need, and try to keep joints to a minimum.

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Mainly, base your figures on how many 4x8 or 4x12 (minus trimmings) sections of wall you want to cover. With as little flat-butted (no pun intended- where butted edges are full thickness) joint to tape as possible, and with as much factory-tapered to factory-tapered edges as possible butted. Taping will be the big part of the drywalling.
HTH, J
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Larry Bud wrote:

In general, square feet of surface to be covered divided by 32 (if using 4x8 sheets) = number of sheets. Wouldn't hurt to add one extra sheet. Do not subtract for door/window cutouts. You should make a quick sketch of the layout as that can save you significant seamage. In a normal room (with one or more doors and some windows) you can save considerable seamage by intalling horizontal vice verticle. Butt joints are made to fall over/under doors and windows. The taping is easier that way also. May not work in a basement
Harry K.
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Make a dimensioned drawing of room ur doing, take it in to the wallboard supplier/retailer and they will calc it for you down to the size of board plus overage for cutting waste. Not homodespots, they are useless, go to a real builders supply or a wallboard seller.

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Both HomeDepot and Lowes has a spin wheel calculator for this purpose where you just put in the room dimensions. It also shows how much tape, mud, and nails/screws you'll need.
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Larry Bud wrote:

http://www.cyberyard.com/calculators/index.php3?dealerid=&view=4
Plug in wall length and height, check off no ceiling, and enter the windows and doors if any.
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Do not be tempted to try to save sheetrock by piecing over the doors and windows; the tape joints will crack. It is caused by the physics of horizontal and vertical lumber moving in different directions with temperature changes.
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