How to Reduce the Cost of Installing Soundproof Sheetrock
Soundproof sheetrock is also called gypsum board, plasterboard or drywall. It is regular sheetrock that has been treated at the factory to block or dampen sound. The material is commonly used for constructing ceilings walls and floors, and is made from a semi hydrous calcium sulfate and gypsum plaster. Because of its ability to dampen sound, installing sheetrock is always a good choice. However, the cost can be too much for a typical home project. Hence you need to install it economically. One of the best ways of reducing the cost of installation is to do it yourself. Other economical steps can be done during the actual job.
Planning the Layout
Take the whole area and plan your sheetrock layout so that full sheetrock sheets are used as much as possible. If you have to make cuts, do so in a manner that will make the joints connect at the center of a stud or joist. This will ensure that you will only use the minimum number of drywall sheets.
Take your measurements from each center of the upright studs. Mark the measurements on the sheetrock and mark the increments on the top and bottom of each sheet. Cut out boxes for power outlets by using the screwdriver to make a hole and then expanding it to fit using a small saw.
Making Chalk Lines
To be able to nail or screw each sheetrock properly, draw a chalk line from the markings on the top to the bottom, always considering the center to center markings for the studs. If there are horizontal spars, you can also mark them on the boards by drawing lines horizontally in increments. All markings should always be in reference to the center markings. This step is important in preventing a waste of a sheetrock board.
Positioning the Soundproof Sheetrock Boards
Place the first of your sheetrock boards on the framework. You can always do better if there is a helper around but if there is none, you can secure it temporarily using a quick release clamp with a rubber tip. This will ensure that no harm to the boards is done which might otherwise necessitate using another board.
Securing Your Soundproof Sheetrock
With the board held in place by the clamps, start driving the drywall screws along the chalk lines you have made. Once the trumpet head of the screw reaches the surface of the drywall, be careful not to drive it too deep, as it may go all the way through. The ideal situation is to have a small break between the sheetrock surface and the outer lips of the screws.
Applying Compound on the Sheetrock Screws
Once you have finished securing the drywall with screws, apply the compound over each screw head with a bread knife. The edges should have compound feathered on them too.
Taping the Sheetrock Seams
If paper joint tape is to be used, apply a fine coating of compound on joints using the knife. Mesh tape do not need this step as it will adhere to the sheetrock by itself. Put a light coating of compound over the tapes, making sure to smooth them with the knife before they set. Your drywall is now ready for sanding.