Having to replace dry wall in all rooms of house

should we get someone to do it or is it something we can do my daughters and husband learn fast
  13 answers
  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 17, 2014
    Drywall can be done yourself, but it is messy and can be difficult if you are not careful. If you choose to go that route, talk to the people at Home Depot or Lowe's about how to do it the right way.
  • Phyllis Williams Phyllis Williams on Jun 17, 2014
    It is very heavy to handle. Get a price from an experienced installer before u decide to tackle to job yourself.
  • Catherine Shatto Catherine Shatto on Jun 17, 2014
    By all means hire it out. Messy, hard to sand to look good, unless you have experience.
  • Shari Shari on Jun 17, 2014
    That probably depends on their DIY ability, available time to work on such a project and the budget. Perhaps watching a few videos on YouTube on how to hang drywall would help them decide whether they think they can and want to tackle it. Also, Phillis' suggestion of getting a couple professional estimates first wouldn't be a bad idea anyway. Sometimes paying a professional costs only a bit more once you factor in the aggravation and headaches that can be associated with some DIY projects.
  • Leslie Long Leslie Long on Jun 17, 2014
    Patching a hole or doing a small area is one thing but I would not recommend you do a whole house if you have no experience doing drywall. It would take you ten times as long as hiring it out (they come with a crew and can finish in 2-3 days) and it will not look good if you cannot master the "mudding" step. I have done a house from start to finish and I still hire it out because it is more efficient than trying to do it myself.
  • Sarah L Fairfield Sarah L Fairfield on Jun 17, 2014
    My advice is to hire it out, unless you have a special touch for mudding, it's very hard and you need to have experience, sanding is also very dirty and you need to check for air holes etc with a trouble light, a good drywaller is worth their weight in gold!!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 18, 2014
    This is a big job that calls for a lot of work AND patience! Unless you are extremely unflappable folks, hire it out. Doing one room is a big job...doing an entire house is too much to ask! And before anyone starts, seal up the air ducts so all that sanding dust will not get in them!
  • Edean Edean on Mar 20, 2017
  • Judy Escue Guereschi Judy Escue Guereschi on Mar 20, 2017
    Hire it out by all means! You'll be glad you did.
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Mar 20, 2017
    1. To save money, you can take out the old sheetrock/drywall and pull the nails/screws yourself. Install the new sheetrock, then have the mudders come in. Be sure you have contacted a few to compare prices for mudding. Watch a few videos to learn the best way to hang sheetrock. Make sure you get water resistant sheetrock for the bathroom and the areas in the kitchen that may get wet. It's green not white. With the new fast drying mud, they will be able to do the house in one day. BTW: It will take two to lift the sheet to the second layer. Dremmel has an attachment to cut out holes for outlets and switches. Do not align the ends. Overlap. e.g. Starting from left install a full sheet, then a 1/2 sheet to finish to the wall. For the second layer, start on the right side to overlap the joint of the first layer. Have fun.
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Mar 22, 2017
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Mar 23, 2017
    Yes. Stagger. And make sure the factory ends of the drywall meet. Try not to have a factory end and a cut end meet. The factory ends are tapered so that the tape and mud is smoother once finished.
    To cut, it is not necessary to cut all the way through. Cut the paper on the outer part. Then bend at the cut and it will break. Then cut the paper on the back. Get a good utility knife and a pack of blades to use on the drywall. A drywall saw helps with the cut outs. Measure twice, cut once.
  • James James on Mar 25, 2017
    You will need a T-Square also to cut the sheets. Hold the top of the T-Square with one hand and your toe against he bottom of it. Use your other hand to cut down ward along the T-square and then go to the bottom of the square and cut upward. Move the square away from you and place one hand on one side of the cut and one on the other side of the cut. Then snap it backwards and place the knife in the cut and cut down and up and snap it back to the front. Use 1/2 drywall not 1/4. If doing the bathroom around the tub use the new cement board. It is water proof. Mudding and taping take 2 sometimes 3 coats of mud with sanding in between. As an old drywaller from the 60's I would hire some one to do the mudding. Make sure you hang it with the white side out. Good Luck.