Tips for Installing Insulation and Drywall
Learn about the different types of insulation and how to prep for drywall installation.
- Consider using an insulating product made from recycled material that contains no formaldehyde. Being environmentally responsible doesn't always cost more and you can rest (and breathe) easier.
- You can mix and match the type of insulation you use in your home. For example, you can install batting insulation in the walls and blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic.
- Insulation work is a job that DIYers can take on themselves since it is a fairly straightforward process and relatively easy to learn. However, it can be a little messy and unpleasant. Insulation can contain irritating dust particles that require the use of protective masks. Particularly when working with fiberglass varieties, proper ventilation control and safety measures are essential to avoid inhalation and exposure to harmful particles.
- Once the insulation has been installed, work can begin installing interior walls. Most homes use drywall on interior walls. There are numerous materials you can use for the exterior of your house, but drywall is by far the most common for interior walls.
- Though it does require some strenuous work and lifting, drywall is relatively simple to install, but some expertise is required for finishing it off with tape and drywall mud. Since most interior walls in your home will be visible, it's important that they be finished properly so that they look clean and presentable. Bring in the professionals if you lack the expertise or experience necessary for this particular job.
- If you are going to install drywall, consider renting a mechanical drywall lifter. This device is simply cranked to lift the drywall up high (such as for ceiling installation), making it easier to get into position to secure it. If you don't have access to this type of equipment, at least have plenty of ladders on hand — along with several sets of helping hands.
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