Expert Technique for Drywall Measuring

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Expert Technique for Drywall Measuring

Drywall measuring is a simple concept that can be mastered by anyone. The first step in drywall measuring begins by calculating the total area of all flat surfaces around the house where the drywall will be installed. You should proceed to selecting the size of the drywall paneling after calculating this total square footage. You can buy drywall in 4x12 foot panels or 4x8 foot panels. It is vital for you to remember drywall is very heavy and difficult to move around. It is imperative for you to get help when it comes time to install the twelve foot panels.


It is now time for you to measure the length and width of the walls. You should always consider writing the measurements down on a sheet of paper. This will help you remember them with ease. Multiplying the two measurements will give you the entire square footage of the wall.


Be sure not to neglect the windows and doors for this project. Use a tape measure on any windows or doors in the wall. These measurements must be subtracted from your previously found square footage for the wall. Write these calculations down as well.


Find the length and width of your floor's area with your tape measure. These measurements of the floor area should be equivalent to the area of a flat ceiling. This will not be the case when it comes to a sloped ceiling. You will need to ladder in order to get accurate measurements for a sloped ceiling.


You are now at the point where it is time to get the full measure of drywall needed for the project. You can do this by simply adding the square footage of the walls and ceiling. For example, if your room has the standard four walls that calculate out to one hundred twenty eight square feet for each of them. Your flat ceiling would be two hundred fifty six square feet. Multiply your wall's square footage by four and then add the complete square footage to get the measurements for the ceiling. In this case, it will be 768 square feet, that is without any windows or doors.


Assuming your project has a wall with a 6x4 foot window as well as a door that is 3 feet in width and 6 foot 8 inches in height. You must subtract these new measurements from the square footage you found above. You may find it easier to round up the measurements of the door. Subtract the door's area (twenty one feet) as well as the window's area (twenty four feet) from the earlier found square footage (768 sq. ft.). These example calculations should lead you to 723 square feet of area that needs drywall.


Carefully select side panels for your project. It will be wise for you to use four-by-eight foot panels for a room that's the common eight feet tall. Alternately, use four-by-twelve foot panels on rooms that have higher ceilings.


You are now at the point where you must divide your total square footage of drywall by the square footage of your drywall panels. You are looking at 32 square feet each if you are using 4x8 foot panels. A 4x12 foot panel will have forty eight square feet of material. Divide the square feet (723 in our example) of drywall required to complete the subject room by thirty two square feet in order to discover the amount of eight foot panels required for the project. In this case, you will need twenty three panels. You should always purchase extra panels for your project. The extra panels will help you prepare for potential mistakes.


Drywall measuring is not as difficult as some may believe. Following the process above can help you determine how much drywall you will need for your project.

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