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The Ultimate Drywall Hanging Quiz
by Staff
Feeling adventurous with your home improvement project? Applying drywall is not as complicated as you may think. You may need some professional assistance or advice for certain steps, but don't be intimidated. Take this quiz and become a drywall do-it-yourselfer!

What is the standard size of drywall sheets?

  • 4 x 6 feet
  • 4 x 8 feet
  • 6 x 8 feet

How are drywall sheets typically installed?

  • vertically
  • horizontally
  • It doesn't matter.

How many nails will you need to install your drywall?

  • 5 pounds of nails per 1,000 square feet
  • 7 pounds of nails per 1,000 square feet
  • 10 pounds of nails per 1,000 square feet

Besides drywall and nails, what other building material do you need?

  • joint compound
  • tape
  • both of the above

Some drywallers prefer using drywall screws instead of nails. Why is having a drywall setting on your drill useful?

  • It prevents drywall splitting.
  • It prevents “popped” screw heads.
  • both of the above

What is the purpose of drywall?

  • It is used to create the interior walls of a home or building.
  • It is used to hold insulation in place.
  • both of the above

Before you install drywall, what do you need to do?

  • aerate the drywall
  • make T-braces
  • both of the above

What should you use to cut drywall?

  • a hand saw
  • an electric saw
  • a utility knife

What is the purpose of T-braces?

  • It holds the drywall in place while you are nailing it in.
  • It helps with cutting the drywall to size.
  • both of the above

How far apart should you hammer nails into the drywall?

  • 2 inches
  • 4 inches
  • 6 inches

Drywall taping involves:

  • hammering in the nails
  • taping the drywall to make sure it's not loose
  • covering the nails and joints

What is the first step in taping?

  • Cover the joints with drywall tape.
  • Cover the joints with joint compound.
  • Mark where you want to place the nails.

What is the purpose of drywall tape?

  • It is used to cover the joint compound.
  • It is used to mark where the nails should be placed.
  • It is used to mark where the drywall should be placed.

How do you cover the nails?

  • with compound
  • with tape
  • with tape and compound

How many coats of joint compound should you apply?

  • one coat
  • two coats
  • three coats

The second coat of joint compound should be:

  • very thin
  • very thick
  • of medium thickness

What tool should you use when applying the third coat of compound?

  • 10-inch wide plaster knife
  • 10-inch wide taping knife
  • 10-inch wide compound brush

What should you do once all the coats of joint compound are applied?

  • Put on one final layer of drywall tape.
  • Sand the edges with a sanding block.
  • Nail in securing compound nails.

What other areas of drywall should be covered with drywall tape and compound?

  • the inside corners
  • the spots where the wall meets the ceiling
  • both of the above

What needs to be done on the outside corners of drywall?

  • application of compound
  • installation of metal corners
  • both of the above