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The process of drywalling is covering the interior of the home with a shell. Professionals have the expertise on how to drywall and drywall tools to complete the job but it can be a do-it-yourself project if you follow the right set of steps.
In a nutshell drywall covers the studs after the insulation is put in. The wall studs are usually place at 16 centers so a 4 foot wide sheet would span and be fastened on 4 studs. Next, the joints are taped which requires paper tape sandwiched between layers of drywall compound. Then the screw or nail heads and any other blemishes are mudded with the compound and sanded smooth when dried. Then the surface is ready for painting.
This is not tough either. Take the horizontal and vertical measurements of each wall and multiply them. Then add all the sums together. If there are windows or doors don't subtract them as you will need extra pieces.
Standard residential sheetrock, or drywall sheets, comes in 4' X 8' sheets but it is also available in 10 and 12 foot lengths too. Since most walls are 8 feet the smaller sheets are recommended for the do-it-yourselfer. The standard thickness for sheetrock is 1/2 for walls and 5/8 for ceilings. For kitchens and around furnace rooms it is recommended to put a fire-rated board. For the number of sheets required divide the square footage by area of the sheetrock (32 square feet for a 4' X 8' sheet) and then add 10% for wastage.
When it comes to drywalling materials a home supply store will be able to outfit you with the right amount but a rule-of-thumb is for every 1000 square feet of drywall:
It always pays to have the right tools.
To install drywall alone is a frustrating enterprise and leads to a shoddy job so try and get an assistant. The job will go much quicker.
A drill works best to fasten because it is easier to control. Place screws at 6 intervals in all the studs. For a good way to make sure every screw hits wood draw a line with a straight edge along the sheet to match the position of the stud it will go against. It takes extra time but not as much as filling extra holes.
Corners require extra care and sanding. You can fold the tap and do the inside corners but the pre-made ones make a nicer job for the do-it-yourselfer.