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Learn how to hang and finish drywall yourself with these projects and professional tips.

  1. Drop Ceiling Installation Tips

    A 30-year pro shares his drop ceiling installation tips and demonstrates his techniques that will help you hang a suspended ceiling easier and faster. He shows how to lay it out, fasten grid angles and tees, keep the grid square, and cut the ceiling panels.

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  1. How to Hang Drywall Like a Pro

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    Installing drywall is not rocket science, but it will go faster and look better if you learn the fundamentals before you start (instead of after you're done).

  2. How to Make Bullnose Corners

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    Want to give a room a adobe-like look? Make your corners rounded instead of square. It's easy and it looks good. Here's how to make bullnose drywall corners.

  3. How to Sand Drywall

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    After you've hung and taped drywall, follow these steps to sand it perfectly smooth. We'll show you techniques the pros use to get sanding done quickly with excellent results.

  4. Drywall Butt Joints Made Easy

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    No matter how well you plan your drywall installation, sometimes you just can't avoid having to tape a butt joint or two. Don't worry. Here are some tips to make the job easy—and the results perfect.

  5. Master the Basics of Drywall: Cutting Drywall

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    With a few simple tools and special techniques you'll be cutting drywall like a pro in no time. Plus we'll show you how to plan your installation to make the best use of materials and avoid waste.

  6. How to Choose Joint Compound

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    Setting-type joint compound, lightweight joint compound, all-purpose compound and others all have their unique uses. Learn the difference between them and get a better understanding of the choices for different situations.

  7. Tips for Better Drywall Taping

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    Whether you're finishing a basement, repairing a damaged wall, or hanging drywall in a new house, these taping tips will help you make smooth, invisible seams, even at inside corners.

  8. Ceiling Repair: Fix a Sagging Ceiling

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    Sagging in a ceiling may be caused by undersized drywall. You either have to replace 1/2-in. drywall with 5/8-in. or add furring strips and a second layer of 5/8-in. drywall.

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