Step 43 - Basements


Drywalling an Unfinished Basement

How to drywall a basement necessitates a certain level of knowhow and familiarity with the task. Sometimes, with transfer to new homes, the basement is likely the last portion of the house to be checked out. More often than not, these areas necessitate refurbishing and to be able to cut costs homeowners have learn how to drywall a basement. It is vital to know exactly what to do in home improvements or else, it would be more expensive in the long run. Among the first things to check out is if there is any amount of moisture or possible water leakage in the basement. Make an estimation of how much drywall and strips of wood are required to be able to affix drywall to the concrete surface. If thin panels are to be utilized, use drywall as the underlying layer to which panels may be attached to. When relocating electrical outlet guides on the drywall, they have to be marked out. Use a drywall saw as a tool to cut out markings. For windows, cover up the window and later cut it out after securing the drywall. Use wood or metal strips as backing for the drywall and make use of the spacer to prevent the drywall from touching the floor and taking up any liquid or moisture that might be on the concrete flooring.

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Insulation and vapour barrier are both necessary. Setting up panels of insulation amidst the strips of wood improves the basement's resistance towards loss of heat. Before putting up the panels, size them, then cut, and then bear down on an insulation panel between the strips. Moreover, what the vapour barrier does is assist in reducing the incursion of moisture in the environment. The barrier is supposed to be fastened to the strips carefully taking care not to damage the barrier. This is because penetration of moisture must be avoided and if there are a lot of holes the environment could get damp.

If you are sheetrocking the ceiling in your basement, you should begin with this first. When you want to hang drywall on the ceiling, you have to learn the important guidelines and things to remember about how to drywall a ceiling. Some people prefer to first drywall the ceiling before the walls. How to drywall a ceiling can be easy or difficult depending on the ability of the installer. However, taping the joints of the drywall panels may necessitate some expertise. There are actually professional tapers that can finish the taping job quickly and properly, but doing this task on your own would save a lot of money. It would be beneficial to know the amount of drywall to purchase by calculating the square foot of the existing walls and ceiling. Careful planning of the activity will complete the job easier, faster, and less costly.

The next procedure on how to drywall a basement is to start cutting the drywall using a drywall knife. Place it down making sure to hang the sheetrock 1 inch above the floor. This will avoid the possibility of getting wet in the case that there is water seepage. The drywall may be screwed on the strips that serve as backing surfaces to support the finishing surfaces. Be careful not to screw in too deeply to avoid damaging the paper facing of the drywall.

Learning how to drywall a basement is a major home construction activity that needs careful planning and execution. It is easier said than done but this is how to drywall a basement when you do it yourself.


The Land






Framing Phase

Rough-in Phase

Drywall Phase

Interior Carpentry

Flat-work Phase

Paint & Stain

Finishing Phase