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

  1. Drywall Butt Joints Made Easy

    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.

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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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Common Drywall Installation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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    This article walks you through the “Do's and Don'ts” of drywall installation. It will help you avoid seven common mistakes people make when tackling their drywall projects. Enjoy the foibles of our enthusiastic but sadly misguided drywall installer as he shows you the right way and the wrong way to ...

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