Drywall installation might be best left to a pro

Drywall installation might be best left to a pro

Painting a room is a fairly simple and a safe do-it-yourself project for beginners. Very few problems arise that can't be solved with a bucket of sudsy water – or more paint. However, installing the drywall itself can be an entirely different story. For even the handiest do-it-yourselfer there are inherent health and safety risks, of which you may be unaware.

In general, an Atlanta drywall contractor can install drywall quicker, more safely and ultimately, with a more professional finish. Angie’s List features nearly 1,000 local companies that provide drywall service that can help advise you and finish this part of your project, but not all contractors on Angie's List have been highly rated by members.

If you try to install drywall yourself, not only will you need to purchase professional-grade tools to get the appropriate results, but you also risk not knowing how to correctly use or operate the tools, which can lead to costly mistakes and/or risk of injuries.

Even if you feel you are up to the challenge, consider the dangers of drywall. Not only are you working with extremely heavy materials and tools, the dust from sanding your drywall can pose health risks.

When compounds build up on the joints between drywall pieces, they need to be sanded down for an even appearance. This can send fine particles of silica, talc and gypsum into the air and into your eyes and lungs. Besides the risk of infection, long-term exposure can lead to more serious illnesses and even lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can compound asthma problems as well.

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