You can dramatically transform an unfinished room into a livable space. That includes basements, garages, and attics. It’s one of the most cost effective ways to remodel Installing drywall on a ceiling is a particularly difficult task when working alone. It’s best to have one or two assistants to complete this task.Drywall is attached to the underlying structure of the wall using a fastener — typically nails or screws.A Strong Foundation for DrywallThe beams underneath are the foundation of the wall and will affect the ultimate appearance of your wall. Therefore, you want the underlying studs or joists to be as straight as possible. Many problems with studs, beams, and joists can be identified through visual inspection. Scan the unfinished area for any supports that appear warped or twisted. The studs should create a level plane for your finished wall. Uneven wall framing can . Gaps in the beams are simple to fix with shims: fix them in place with a few nails or glue to preserve the integrity of your wall.Selecting a Drywall FastenerNails were once the traditional fastener for drywall projects.Why are screws preferable to nails? They’re more efficient. Screws can be driven much more quickly than nails. They attach magnetically They’re less likely to damage the wall. Slamming a hammer into the wall causes an indent and can potentially damage the wall. They attach better to drywall. Both nails and screws can attach drywall securely. However, the threads on a drywall screw create a more stable bond between the drywall and the studs.They’re easier to remove. Removing nails can damage the face of the drywall and the interior. When using screws, the best fastening tool is a screwgun because it allow for very precise installation — the screws can be driven to the perfect depth without damaging the paper. If you prefer to use nails in your drywall project, it’s essentially that you use a drywall hammer. Sometimes called drywall hatchets, these hammers are light and leave a small depression that can be easily filled with plaster. Ideally, you should also use ring-shank drywall nails. When striking a nail, use one blow of the hammer and aim to drive the nail ¾ of an inch into the underlying framing. Hanging Drywall Without Overdriving FastenersWhen properly installed, fasteners are driven just below the surface of the drywall, but not deep enough that the outer paper tears. Installation of a fastener should leave a slight indentation that can then be patched with joint compound and finished with a light sanding.Take care not to drive your fasteners deep into the drywall. While the paper exterior may seem thin, it actually contributes to holding the drywall together. Breaking the paper when fastening the wall can damage the gypsum underneath and result in the fastener “popping” at a later date. If you do damage the paper while driving your fastener into the wall, install a new screw approximately one inch from it. Then, remove the improperly fastened screw and proceed with your work. This will ensure your wall is properly secured and the integrity of the wall maintained.Achieving the perfect depth for your screws is relatively easy when using a drill or screwgun. On the other hand, driving a nail the proper depth with a handheld hammer is a more complicated affair: It takes practice and skill to drive nails the perfect depth with one strike.Hanging Your Drywall1. Start with the CeilingWhen drywalling an entire room — including both walls and ceiling — always begin with the ceiling. If the ceiling joists are spaced 16 inches, it’s best to space your fasteners 12 inches apart.2. Hang the Top SheetsAfter you’ve completed the ceiling, begin installing the top sheets. First, mark the edges of your already-attached ceiling drywall with the location of the wall studs. These marks will guide you to the location of the stud centres when fasting the drywall to the wall.Proceed to position your sheet of drywall snuggly against the ceiling piece. Using the markings you made as a guide, drive a fastener into the stud closest to the centre of your sheet. From there, attach the drywall to the studs, working your way out and then up the panel.Note: When attaching drywall to wall studs, do not exceed 16 inches between fasteners.3. Hang the Bottom SheetsThe bottom sheets should be installed firmly against the upper sheets. The best way to achieve this fit is to use a drywall lift. Alternatively, you can create your own lift using leftover wood (see instructions below).Installing Drywall on Your OwnIdeally, you’ll have someone to help you install your drywall. And additional person is sufficient when just installing drywall on the walls, but you’ll want at least two people helping when covering ceilings. There are situations where you need to install drywall alone. Although this isn’t the ideal situation, there are some tricks you can use to make your install pain free. Keep the following tips in mind when installing drywall alone:1. Drywall LiftIt’s unlikely you have a drywall lift, also called a drywall jack, hanging around in the garage, but they can easily be rented from local hardware shops. Lifts are particularly important if you’re installing a long piece of drywall.2. Homemade LiftRenting a lift is ideal, but in situations where one isn’t available, you can make your own brace. Homemade lifts are both inexpensive (even free) and easy to build. Any homemade lifts should be customized to the situation, but here are some general instructions for creating a homemade braceEven if you have someone assisting you during your drywall installation project, a single brace can be an enormous aid in the endeavour. 3. Create a Temporary Screw BraceWhen installing drywall yourself, it may be necessary to create a temporary rest for the upper panels of drywall. To create a temporary brace, drive a series of screws approximately 50 inches from the ceiling. Place your panel on this resting place. From there, the drywall can be positioned with one hand; with your other hand, use your drill to install one side of the sheet. After you’ve fasted the sheet, you can remove the temporary screws.