How To Frame & Sheetrock a Wall

Building a wall is a project that can be quite complicated.  Normally, you would want to leave this project to an expert.  However, due to the economic recession, everyone really wants to save some money by doing it themselves.  Well, the reality is that you can still do it yourself even if the project seems complicated.  Here are some steps on how to build a wall and frame and sheetrock it.

Frame the Wall

  1. Find the starting point for the wall and hammer a nail into the old wall at the same level of the floor.  Lock the hook-end of the chalk box to the nail that you hammered in.  Stretch the hook end all the way to the other side of the room until your reach the other end’s wall.  This will become the line for your new wall.
  2. Create some studs for the bottom and top plate of the wall.  You will need to measure and cut each stud.  Once the studs are ready, position the bottom and top plates side by side along the wall lengthwise.  Place a mark with a pencil every 16 inches from one end to the other end as a reminder where to install your studs. 
  3. Install the studs on the top and bottom plates and use 16d nails for this.  Make sure to cut off pieces where the studs from the top and bottom plates collided.
  4. Once everything is secured, line up your wall with the chalk line that you drew previously.  Use deck screws to secure the top plate of the wall to the ceiling.  You will need to drill some holes for this.  For the bottom plate, use nails to secure the wall to the floor.  If you have concrete floors, use concrete nails and a nail gun.

Sheetrock the Wall

  1. Once the wall is secured, you will need to measure the length of it.  Divide the total length of the wall by 48 inches.  The quotient will determine the number of sheets you will need to cover the wall.  Start in the corners and position a sheetrock there.  Secure the sheets with screws.  Continue on with the same process until you cover the whole wall.  Do the same thing on the other side of the wall.
  2. Once the wall has been covered by sheet rock, you will notice joints all over the wall.  You will want to apply another coat of sheet rock to cover these and finish your wall.  Get some sheetrock mud and blend until viscous.  Apply a thin layer on each joint and apply sheetrock tape on the mud.  Level the coat with a knife.  Do the same process for all the other visible joints.  Apply mud in any screw holes you see as well.  Make sure to remove any excess mud.
  3. Apply the final coat of sheetrock mud to finish the wall.  Make sure to level the whole coating.  Wait for the coat to dry and sand the wall.  Once the wall seems smooth with all the joints hidden, you will now be ready to paint the wall.

You can add more coats of sheetrock if you want a thicker wall with a better finish.  Make sure to sand the wall to ensure smoothness.  Use a knife to level the mud on the wall.


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