Hanging drywall involves at least four steps, and may require tools and expertise you don't have.
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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List: “DIY projects can be a lot of fun but, honestly, drywall is a lot harder than it looks. It’s heavy material, takes lots of tools. It’s really best left to the professionals.”
Robert Morrison, F.I.S.H Painting & Drywall: “If you don’t know what you are doing, it’s going to look pretty bad in the end product. A professional knows how to install it especially in a whole house. If you go to try to do a whole house, a whole basement, it could take you days. A professional could do a house this size in a day, him and a couple of other guys.”
Hanging the drywall, which can weigh 80 pounds and generally takes a three-person crew, is just step one of a four-step process. Next comes mudding, taping and sanding, all very detailed and necessary to provide that flat, even canvas.
Andy Ferguson, F.I.S.H Painting & Drywall: “For a 12x14 room it will take a professional about 3 or 4 hours to hang a room that size and a few days to finish it and get it ready for paint. A DIY project it could probably turn into weeks if not a month pretty quickly.”
If you want to DIY this project, Angie suggests you evaluate whether you have the time and the tools to do it right. The average homeowner may not have some of the tools needed to get the job done right and may not need them again after the job is done.
Hicks: “Do you have a hawk? Do you have a mud pan? Do you have a putty knife laying around your house? I know I don’t. Those are all different types of tools you are going to use even for a small drywall job. If you are drywalling an entire room, it’s going to be even more materials. That’s why this is a job when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, is really probably best priced out by a professional.”
A professional drywall installation for a 12’x14’ room starts at $200.