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Published: October 2, 2020

Hanging Drywall Part 2: Measuring and Cutting

Measuring and cutting drywall can arguably be the hardest part on how to hang drywall. The goal for all joints and gaps is no larger than 1/8″. That requires some precise measuring and a lot of experience. Many manufacturers offer helpful tools on how to achieve those tricky cuts around outlet boxes, windows, and lights. Ultimately, these tools are useless if there isn’t a foundation of skills to build from. The information provided in this post is for demonstration purposes that are performed by professionals and can be dangerous.

Doors and Windows

Make sure that when you are hanging drywall around doors and windows, that you place the seam over the exact middle of the frame or away from the door frame itself.  If you place a seam on the edge of the door frame, you will have a crack over time as the joint fails and the door frame settles.

The Electrical Boxes

Use caution when cutting out electrical boxes. Measure to the center of the box and make a mark on the drywall. One of the best ways to use a Rotozip. This is like a router that can have a small attachment on it that will cut through the drywall. You can either measure how far along a stud an electrical box is and mark it on the drywall when the drywall covers the box. You can then cut the outline of the box. Make sure to mark the middle of where the box is so your rotozip can cut through the drywall without fear of cutting along the sides or outside of the box.

Corners

Putting drywall on corners is easier than other areas. Make at least a 1′ overhang with side of the corner. Then butt up the adjacent side to the drywall. Then cut off the excess overhang. This will give a nice drywall joint.

Note: (The information provided in this post is for demonstration purposes that are performed by professionals and can be dangerous. Please us proper safety measures when performing drywall projects.)

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