How to Install Drywall: A Guide for Beginners

Learn the basics of drywalling, with help from step-by-step diagrams, instructions for building a homemade drywall jack, and tips on tools and supplies, sizing, and edging.

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When installing the lower row, set the tapered edges against those of the panels above. The cut edge should always be toward the floor, both to keep the worst part out of sight and to prevent the baseboard from angling back into the taper. Try to leave about a 1/2" gap between the panel edge and the floor so a foot lever can be used if needed to lift the lower panel into place.