Installing Drywall in The Home: What Do You Need


A craftsperson can’t do a good job if they don’t have the right tools. This is true whether you’re making furniture or putting in drywall. So, what exactly do you need if you’re thinking of installing drywall in the home? Let’s list the items that are must-haves for drywall installation from start to finish. We’ll also discuss the process for determining how much of these items you need so work isn’t interrupted by an unplanned trip to the hardware store.


You can estimate how much drywall you need by figuring out the square footage of the room. Multiply the length times the width of the room for the minimum amount of drywall you need. Then give yourself 10 percent margin. This means that if you have a 35 foot by 10 foot room, you’ll need 350 feet of drywall plus 35 feet of margin or 385. Divide that number by the 4×8 foot piece of drywall to get a rough estimate. Round up to get the exact number of sheets of drywall you need. It is of course better to let a professional do the work. When you need a reliable drywall or interior painting contractor around Ashton, contact EZ Service or a similar company to get the help you need.

Cutting drywall should be done with a utility knife. A utility knife has an exchangeable blade and gives you a smooth finish you won’t get with the average knife in your kitchen drawer. You can also cut the drywall with a small utility saw. This is especially helpful when cutting out holes for outlet boxes and switch plates. A rasp could be used to cut any excess paper but is not mandatory. A drywall square is a good way to make precision cuts when cutting they drywall. It can also be used to make small measurements, though a tape measure is necessary for measuring longer spans.

Joint Tape

Joint tape is used to smooth the transitions between sheetrock panels. The average project requires at least 370 feet of joint tape for every 1000 square feet of drywall being installed. The drywall tape should eventually be covered by the joint compound.

Joint Compound

This compound is used for “mudding”. You’ll need around 140 pounds of compound for every 1000 square feet of drywall. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need a taping knife or drywall knife to apply the compound. A sander can be used to finish off the edges. This saves you quite a bit of time over sanding it manually. To get a perfect finish, you’ll want a sanding block to get it.

You can mix the compounding “mud” in any old bucket, but a mud pan makes it easier to walk around while applying it. By having a single mud pan, you also minimise the potential mess.

Screws and Nails

For every thousand square feet of drywall you’re installing, you should plan on getting 700 drywall screws and an equal number of nails. The screws should be used in conjunction with drywall anchors. A hammer should be used for drywall nails, while a screwdriver should be used with drywall screws.

Optional Equipment

Nails are a fast and easy way to affix the drywall, but drywall anchors will make them more efficient since they disperse the weight of the drywall. This will keep the screws in the drywall securely in place. If you use drywall anchors, they’ll have to be installed between studs, never on the studs. A stud finder can be used to locate the studs; mark those locations so you don’t strike it when installing the drywall anchor. Double-check measurements before you cut holes in the drywall to mount clocks and other items.


These are the basic staples and items that you’ll need before you start your drywall project. Make sure that you have all those in hand before you start your project if you want to ensure a great outcome.

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