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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Carnicella

Hang and Tape Drywall Like a Pro

Updated: Apr 30

Step by Step Guide on Drywall Hanging and Taping of an ADU

Drywall Hanging & Taping Thousand Oaks
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Drywall installation in your Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

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involves the installation of drywall, also known as gypsum board or sheetrock, to create the interior walls and ceilings. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you with the process:

Materials and Tools:

Drywall sheets

Drywall screws

Joint compound (mud)

Drywall tape

Corner beads

Drywall knife

Screw gun or drill


Utility knife

Drywall saw

Sanding block or sandpaper

Joint tape

Corner trowel

Mud pan


Measure and Plan:

Measure the walls and ceilings to determine the amount of drywall needed. Plan the layout, considering the placement of doors, windows, and any other architectural features.

Start by installing drywall on the ceilings. Use a T-square to ensure accurate cuts. Screw the drywall sheets to the ceiling joists, with the tapered edges meeting in the center. Stagger the seams between sheets for better strength.

Install drywall on the walls starting from one corner. Again, stagger the seams between sheets. Cut openings for doors and windows. Use a drywall saw or utility knife for precision.

Tape and Mud Joints:

Apply joint tape over the seams and use a drywall knife to cover the tape with joint compound. Smooth the compound to create a flat surface. Let it dry completely, and then sand it smooth.

Corner Beads:

Install corner beads on the external corners of the walls. Use a corner trowel to apply joint compound over the beads, creating a smooth and rounded finish. Allow it to dry and then sand it.

Additional Coats:

Apply additional coats of joint compound as needed, sanding between each coat. This process helps achieve a seamless and polished surface.

Patch any imperfections or holes with joint compound. Sand the patched areas for a smooth finish.

Prime the drywall to create a suitable surface for paint. Once the primer is dry, apply the desired paint color.


Clean up the workspace by removing excess drywall dust and debris. Dispose of waste materials properly.


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