In this single picture of a room with newly installed drywall, you will see basic layout of the sheets, fasteners, electrical box cutouts, joint compound, and where to sand. Through these steps, I break down the elements of this picture to show you the anatomy of a typical drywall project.
Horizontal or Vertical?
When laying out drywall, you need to decide which direction to lay out the rectangular-shaped sheets:
- Vertical - that is, four feet across and eight feet tall, so that it completely reaches from floor to ceiling; or
- Horizontal - that is, eight feet across and four feet tall.
In our pictured drywall example, note that not only is placement horizontal, but 10' x 4' sheets are used.