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Drywall : pro tips for hanging and finishing
Wagner, John D.
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Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
142 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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TH2239 .W26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Drywall is by far the most popular and practical material for finishing interior walls. This book provides an extensive survey of tools and materials, as well as the mechanics of estimating, cutting, hanging, and finishing the panels. It also deals with difficult situations such as hanging ceilings, curved walls, and stairwells; patching holes; trouble-shooting; and applying special finishes.

Author Notes

John D. Wagner has been involved with the construction trades for over 20 years. He is Executive Director of Public Relations at BuildNet.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 Drywall Basicsp. 9
What is Drywall?p. 10
The Benefits of Drywallp. 11
How to Order and Store Drywallp. 11
Gypsum Drywall Sizes and Typesp. 12
Selecting Drywallp. 14
Cover Treatments and Specialty Drywall Panelsp. 15
Dealing with Moisturep. 18
Edge Treatmentsp. 19
Hanging Materialsp. 21
Finishing Materialsp. 23
Finishing Wall Panelsp. 25
Drywall Suspension Systemsp. 26
Chapter 2 Tools & Equipmentp. 27
Personal Safety Toolsp. 28
Measuring and Marking Toolsp. 30
Hanging and Cutting Toolsp. 32
Finishing Toolsp. 34
Mechanical Finishing Toolsp. 38
Chapter 3 Wall & Ceiling Prepp. 39
Laying Out a Drywall Jobp. 40
Framing Tips for Drywallp. 43
Checking and Correcting Alignmentp. 45
Furring Walls and Ceilingsp. 50
Steel Framing Systemsp. 57
Suspended Ceilingsp. 58
Chapter 4 Marking & Cuttingp. 63
Straight Cut Linesp. 64
Curved Cut Linesp. 69
Special Techniques for Marking and Cuttingp. 73
Access Panelsp. 76
Chapter 5 Installing Drywallp. 77
Hanging Tips and Techniquesp. 78
Screws vs. Nailsp. 81
Hanging Drywall on a Ceilingp. 83
Hanging Drywall on a Flat Wallp. 85
Hanging Corners and Anglesp. 87
Installing Drywall on a Steel-Framed Wallp. 93
Hanging a Curved Wallp. 94
Hanging Drywall in Tricky Locationsp. 97
Building a Drywall Box around Utilities or Pipesp. 101
Hanging Backer Board for Tilep. 103
Chapter 6 Taping & Finishingp. 105
Taping Prep: A Checklistp. 106
Taping Joints on a Flat Wallp. 107
Finishing Fastener Headsp. 109
Taping an Inside Cornerp. 110
Taping an Outside Cornerp. 112
Finish-Sandingp. 114
Special Finishesp. 116
Skim-Coatingp. 122
Chapter 7 Drywall Repairsp. 125
Troubleshootingp. 126
Fixing and Repairing Drywallp. 128
Drywall Resurfacingp. 140
Dealing with Moldp. 143
Fire Ratingsp. 144
Recommended Levels for Drywall Finishp. 146
Resource Guidep. 148
Glossaryp. 150
Creditsp. 154
Indexp. 155