How much surface area do you need on studs to hang drywall?

I agree with littlecaesarsdad. Usually, you can find the drywall price by doing this little trick:
Take the floor square footage, which in your case is
1,200. Multiply the floorspace by about 5, to be safe.
(This would give you a ballpark figure of all your wall and
ceiling surfaces, and a little over to be safe). This gets
you at about 6,000. That's roughly how many sq ft of
drywall it would take to do your home throughout,
assuming you have 8' ceilings.

Then multiply your footage (6,000) by your area's going
rate for hanging and finishing. A good company usually
gets around $1.00/ft give or take 20 cents depending on
area. That brings your total to about $6,000, which may
be a high total just to be safe.

That being said, littleceasarsdad's answer of about $5,500 is right on. He must be a good drywaller. I'd hire him if he were local to you!...

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Once you have completed the ceiling in your home, you need to hang a drywall. Start by gathering all your tools and keeping them handy, as this will help you work quickly and efficiently. Remember to have good lighting so that you will be able to clearly see what you're doing.

Step 1 - Locate the Studs

Check whether the studs are placed correctly or not. This can be done by using a straight edge. If any of the studs are not in line with the rest, they will need to be aligned before you can attach the wallboard. Shim at the face of a low stud to bring it in place with the rest. If there are high spots on the studs, use a wood plane to scrape away the excess.

Step 2 - Hanging the First Sheet

Hang the drywall with the bottom edge of the sheet resting on the floor. Place the sheet horizontally against the studs. The wall board has to be screwed into the studs. Use a drywall screw for this purpose. After attaching the first sheet, mark lines down the...

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Unlike other home remodeling trades like electrical work, hanging drywall is not a 100% exacting process. Fortunately, you can finesse some aspects of drywall hanging to your own advantage.

While creative usage of drywall compound and subsequent painting can cover up some flaws in installation, you'll make your job easier by hanging the drywall right in the first place.

Secrets, tips, hints, or hacks, whatever you like to call them, these are employed by veteran installers and can come as a savior to amateur DIY installers, who usually need a crutch with this near art-form.

Much of it is plain common sense (mark your stud positions), while others emphasize logic that might have escaped you in the heat of the installing moment.

1. Mark Position of Vertical Studs on Ceiling and Floor

How: Use a carpenter’s pencil to mark the on-center point of each vertical stud. Mark on the floor and mark once more as high as possible. If you can’t mark on the...

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Drywall taping is a process done after the drywall is hung. After the drywall is taped, it is mudded and then sanded down until it is ready to be primed and painted. Even for those who know how to hang drywall, many opt to leave the taping and mudding to a professional since the job requires a great amount of skill.

The cost will vary depending on your location, the size of the job, ceiling heights, the complexity of the room and contractor performing the job.

How much is it?

What is going to be included?

Before the job, a professional will go through and make the appropriate measurements to give you an estimate. Most contractors, before they commit to a job, will have a requirement. If you don’t meet this requirement, they may not accept the job or they may charge you a higher rate.When the job starts, a contractor will remove any loose material in the drywall seams and butt joints. Any voids or gaps found, usually larger than one-sixteenth of an inch...
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Hanging drywall isn’t as difficult as it seems at first look. It does however require a little bit of know how. Take a few tips from the professionals to make the job easier. The first thing to do before starting a drywall job is to make sure you have the proper tools. Most of these hand tools are relatively inexpensive and can be used on other projects as well so they make a good investment for Do-It-Yourselfers.

Tape measure
Drywall hammer or drill with drywall bit (depends on if using nails or screws)
Drywall nails or screws
An all purpose utility knife
Keyhole saw (drywall router -optional
Carpenters pencil
Mudding knives...

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Install drywall panels on the ceiling before installing them on the walls in new construction. This gives you a smooth and uniform line where the walls meet the ceiling.

Break drywall panels on the centers of studs. This means that the edges of every drywall panel must extend to the center of a wall stud or ceiling joist. You will measure the distance from stud to stud before installing a panel and cut the panel, if necessary, to fit.

Hang the largest drywall panels you can safely manage. Drywall panels are 4-feet wide and come in various lengths, from 8 feet to 14 feet. The longer the panels, the less taping is required to finish the wall.

Cut drywall panels with a utility knife by scoring the front side in a straight line and then snapping the panel backward to break along the scored line. Then, cut the connecting back paper with the utility knife.

Lift overhead panels with a drywall lift. Available from construction rental stores, a lift will...

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Finally! A step-by-step guide to hanging drywall! This section will guide you along as you hang sheetrock on your newly framed walls!

Drywall tools:

How to install drywall: Step-by-step

1. Before you start, walk around the room and mark the floor at the center of each stud. This will help you hit the studs when you're sinking the screws.

2. Measure the length of your wall and plan your layout so the seams will hit the studs when possible. You may need to toenail additional studs when necessary.

3. Measure the height from the floor to the ceiling joists, and subtract about ј inch. Cut the drywall to that height. (See how to cut drywall.)

4. If you need to cut any openings for outlets, switches, etc., see cutting around outlets & openings before continuing.

5. Raise the drywall about ј" off the floor using a...

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Hiring a professional to hang pictures in your home is an efficient way to complete a tedious and challenging task and avoid damaging the walls of your home. Whether you project involves arranging a grouping of family photos, installing a picture rail molding, or mounting a single work of art, your contractor can select the proper hardware and mounting method to display your pictures beautifully and safely.

Number of Installations

Your installer may base his charges on factors such as the size and location of hangings, as well as the total number of pictures in your project. Since a minimum service fee may apply, it is often cost effective to have several items hung during one visit. Nationally, service rates average $64 for hanging a single picture, while it may cost $78 for two, $91 for three, $114 for four, and $148 to hang five or more items.

Hanging Pictures on Drywall

Drywall typically provides the simplest surface for installing hanging...

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Knowing how to hang drywall is important. If you want some practical advice on how to hang drywall, then this page will meet your needs. You need to know there are different methods used by different people, but most methods share the basics. Before you begin, know that drywall is heavy and it's always a good idea to have some helping hands when it comes to hanging drywall.

Some professionals say that you should begin with your ceiling if you're going to drywall your garage. They say that it makes it easier to do the rest once the ceiling is finished. Hey, these folks know how to hang drywall and I can't argue with them because I'm not a professional. However, I did the walls first in my garage before I started working on the ceiling and I thought it was fairly easy. Whichever way you begin, you'll need some hardware and tools to get started.

Electrical & Plumbing

Safety first whether you use nails or screws for your garage drywall, take the time to make sure...

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Walk down the hardware aisle of any home center, and you’ll find an overpowering array of wall anchors and picture hangers. While it’s easy enough to drive a nail or screw through drywall and into a stud, many homeowners have problems figuring out how to secure items to the wall between studs or in hard surfaces like brick or concrete.

Here’s what you need to know about using wall anchors and picture hangers in your home.

Wall Materials

The type of anchor you use is often determined by the wall material. Drywall or wood paneling require little to drill or nail into while delicate surfaces like plaster take more finesse and hard materials, like masonry and concrete, require more muscle.


Drywall alone has little holding power. When attaching lightweight objects (20 pounds or less), standard picture hangers or wire hangers work fine and do little damage to the wall. For medium weight items (20-40 pounds) consider a spreading type...

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Credit: KeepOnTruckin from Wikimedia Commons

Hanging drywall can be a simple project or it can be a pain if you are inexperienced, working in a large room with odd angles, or working alone. However, hanging sheetrock on walls is certainly much easier than putting it on ceiling joists.

As with all home DIY projects, you want to employ techniques that will allow you to work smarter, not longer. If done properly, drywall installation of a room, or several rooms, can easily be done in a day, even for the novice.

Generally speaking, you should try to buy sheets as long as the wall, but given the fact that sheetrock is 8’ long and most rooms are longer than that, you will have to splice pieces together at some point. Always lay drywall horizontally along the wall, starting from the ceiling and working your way down.

If a sheet ends up needing to be trimmed, then it is much easier to do that at a lower level than at the ceiling. Also, if there is a gap of an...

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If you can hang drywall on wooden studs, you can do the same on metal ones, but put away your drywall hammer. Nails won't hold. Metal studs have either a C-shaped or rectangular cross section, and are about 1/8 inch thick. Self-tapping drywall screws easily penetrate the studs to hold drywall securely, but you have to apply enough pressure to start them. Once you get the hang of driving the screws, you've met the final challenge. No other aspect of installing drywall on metal studs differs from installing it on wooden ones, including taping and finishing

Secure the studs to both the top and bottom plates of the wall before you hang the drywall, using a wrench. Ensure they are plumb. Space the metal studs 16 inches apart as measured from the centers of the faces.

Hang full sheets horizontally rather than vertically. This gives you more leeway in case the studs aren't perfectly level, and makes taping and finishing easier as you don't reach down to floor level as...

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Measure and cut the sheet

Measure from one corner of the wall to the center of the stud that is closest to 96 inches from the corner. Mark a drywall sheet along both long edges at that dimension. Draw a line between the two marks, and cut along it with a utility knife to cut the piece to size.

Fit the sheet in place

Place a piece of 3/4 inch thick lumber, such as a 1-by-4, along the bottom edge of the wall for a spacer. Position the cut sheet with one long edge on top of the spacer so that one narrow end is against the wall at the corner you measured from.

Mark the drywall for screws

Mark the center position of each stud along the top edge of the sheet. Use a drywall square to draw a line down from each mark across the sheet to indicate the center of each stud. Make a mark every 8 to 10 inches along each line to indicate positions for the screws.

Install the screws

Drive one drywall screw through the sheet at every position that you marked using a cordless drill...

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Sheetrock, plasterboard, wallboard. However you want to call it, drywall has been an important factor in executing room noise control strategies. For home theaters, installing at least two layers of drywall is an effective soundproofing technique.

How Much Drywall Do You Need

Measure the square footage of the coverage area (walls + ceiling). Disregard the windows and doors. Walls – Multiply the width and height = square footage of the walls Ceiling – Multiply the length and width = square footage of the ceiling Add the square footage of walls and ceiling to get total square footage. Divide the sum by however many square feet of drywall sheet you will be using.

For example, your room is 10’x10’ with 8” high ceilings. The walls will be 320 square feet, while the ceiling is 100 square feet. Add the square footage of the walls and ceiling, and you get 420 square feet of drywall area needed. A 4’x8’ drywall will cover 32 square feet, a 4’x10’ will cover...

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Installing drywall can be easy, but taping the joints between panels requires some practice. Some do-it-yourselfers install the drywall themselves, then call an experienced drywall taper to finish the job.

Although it's easy to figure how much drywall to buy (just compute the square footage of the walls and ceiling), it takes some planning to end up with as few joints as possible. The standard-size sheets for walls measure 4 X 8 feet. They are usually installed with the long side running from floor to ceiling, but if you can eliminate a joint by placing them horizontally, do so. All drywall sheets are 4 feet wide, but many building-material outlets offer 10-foot and even 12-foot lengths. The most popular thicknesses of drywall are 1/2 inch (walls) and 5/8 inch (ceilings), but check your local building code for requirements. Consult a dealer to learn how many nails, rolls

of tape, and how much joint compound you will need. As a general rule, 1,000 square feet of...

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Thanks for visiting our page on hanging drywall!

Hanging drywall is the first step in the process of drywall installation. This step includes the measuring and cutting of the drywall and the process of affixing the drywall to the studded wall surface.

These instructions are for walls. We have created a separate set of instructions for how to drywall ceilings, though the process is very similar.

One thing to keep in mind when following these instructions is that this is not the ONLY way to hang drywall. Other books, websites, or sources of instruction may contain entirely different instructions for hanging drywall. From experience I can say that this is the simplest and most effective way that I have found.

Finally, drywall can be hung with nails. In fact, this is very common. We do not recommend using drywall nails. They are more difficult to use and far less effective than hanging drywall with screws. Our instructions below are for using drywall...

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Drywall Nail Pops

Can anyone provide suggestions regarding nail pop repairs to drywall?

Make sure they are dimpled down some. Use a larger nail set to get the bit under the surface. Then drywall compound patches sand smooth, prime and paint. If the walls are already, painted just feather out both the primer and the paint and you will not even notice them. If this is in a brand new home that is still under one year old make sure you have the contractor come out on repair them, as it is his responsibility. Part of most new home warranties from the builder themselves.

Nail pops & cracks

My home is 12 years. Recently 1st floor shows nail pops and cracks mostly on vaulted ceiling, you can see where the studs are. Second floor has nail pops in every room in a straight line. What's happening????????

Seasonal variations of humid-dry-humid makes the nails creep out of the studs. Take a hammer and pound them back into the drywall...

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Learn How to Hang Drywall in 5 Easy Steps

So you’ve decided to test your DIY skills and are going to take a stab at hanging drywall. Awesome! The first step is to get a good idea of how to hang drywall.

Well, that’s where we come in.

Take a look at our quick guide below to give you a basic foundation in how to hang drywall. Gentlemen, start your engines!


While we are sure you are a big strong guy (or gal) it is essential to have a partner or assistant that will be able to help you hang the drywall. Moving drywall sheets is going to be pretty tough on your own, not to mention hanging and installing them.

Make sure to check your local building codes for drywall thickness requirements. Usually we go for...

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Calculating the cost of finishing the drywall in your home is simple. You need to know how to do basic math, and if you are not good with math, a calculator is extremely helpful. Many things are involved in the finishing of drywall, a lot depending on how far along your home or room or wall is that needs to be finished. For the purpose of general calculation, consider starting from the point of bare framing.

Measure the length and height of the wall or walls for which the drywall needs to be finished. Multiply the length of the wall by the height to determine the square footage of drywall you will need. Drywall sheets come in 8-foot, 10-foot and 12-foot sheets and are available in 4-foot and 4-1/2-foot widths.

These measurements will help you calculate the square footage of drywall per sheet. Repeat this step for each surface area that needs drywall finishing.

You should hang drywall horizontally, so if you have 8- or 9-foot ceilings, the sheets will be stacked...

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If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognize this is the part of our Pro-Follow series with expert general contractor Steve Wartman. We’re following Steve as he and his crew remodel an unfinished basement. For any of our readers in the greater Baltimore area looking to hire a contractor, I highly recommend Wartman Home Improvements. To see more of Steve’s work, take a look at our how-to articles for building a deck and building a shed.

Now that the walls have been framed, the electric and plumbing are roughed in, and insulation is installed, it’s time to hang drywall. This is a crucial step, since drywall is a part of the final product that everyone sees. This article shares a step-by-step guide for hanging, taping, and finishing drywall with many Pro-Tips along the way to help you achieve a perfect finish.

How to Hang Drywall


Here are the materials that Steve used for this part of the install:

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Drywall is a construction product commonly used to finish building interiors. For hundreds of years prior to its development, the interior walls of buildings were usually made of plaster. This was applied in layers over narrow boards called laths that were nailed directly to the studs. The plaster was pressed into gaps between the laths to make it adhere, and was built up in progressive layers. This building technique called for a fair degree of craftsmanship and experience, but allowed the builder to incorporate interesting textures or decorations as the plaster was worked.

In the mid-twentieth century, drywall, also called plasterboard, sheetrock or gypsum board, came into widespread use, and now almost all buildings have drywall walls. Drywall has a number of advantages over plaster, ease of installation being the most obvious. Any reasonably handy person can refinish a room with drywall, and you don't have to take any training or join a guild to learn how to do...

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With a helper, lift the sheet against the ceiling and hold it across the framing using a T-brace built 3/4 in. shorter than the floor-to-ceiling height [1]. Use a drywall hatchet or hammer and bang in some ring-shank drywall nails, dimpling the drywall paper above each. Place a nail at each joist along the panel's edge, and space them at about 16-in. intervals in the panel's center. To cut a sheet, use a drywall square to guide the utility knife and score across the panel's face [2]. Snap on the score line. Nick the backing paper from the front [3], then score all the way through from the back.

Next, move to the walls. Apply a bead of construction adhesive on each stud to reduce the chance that nailheads could break through the drywall finish as the framing lumber dries. Lift the sheet to the top of the wall and nail it in place [4].

Dealing With Wiring and Outlets

Electrical cables that run through wall and ceiling framing need protection because they can be...

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Drywall is a sturdy wall material but not sturdy enough to support heavy weights. Many pictures don't qualify as heavy weights, and you need little more than a nail to hang them. When their weight exceeds 5 to 10 pounds, however, you're safer using wall anchors -- unless there is a stud or rafter available -- and the type of anchor you need depends on where you're placing the picture and how heavy it is.

Conventional Picture Hangers

Resist the temptation to hang light pictures on nails, and use picture hangers instead. A hanger is designed so that the nail holding it sinks in at a steep angle, and the hanger itself prevents the nail from straightening out. Some hangers are attached to an adhesive pad, which gives them even more support. Hangers can hold a surprising amount of weight -- up to 50 pounds of downward force. One of their primary advantages is that they make a very small hole that you can easily fill when you move the picture.


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The rules for hanging drywall on walls are basically the same as those for hanging ceilings.

It works best to have two people to lift sheets up to the top row.

Start nails across the top of a sheet before lifting it. This leaves both of your hands free to lift the sheet and nail it in place.

Conventional wall framing leaves 8 feet 1-1/8" between the subfloor and the bottom of the trusses or joists. With two rows of drywall, you have about a 1/2" gap left. Normally you should leave this at the bottom of the wall where it'll be covered up by the baseboard.

To hold the bottom row snug up to the top while fastening the sheet, use a little lifter with your foot.

Around window and door openings, you want to avoid creating joints at the corners. This will weaken the wall and will be more likely to crack at those joints.

If you're working around the top of a shower or tub that's got a flange, you want to install the drywall or backerboard over the...

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