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Drywall Installation: Top Five Tips

Make sure to pick PURPLE products, use the right tools, measure, be safe and find a friend like Anitra Mecadon to help.

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How to Install & Finish Drywall with Anitra Mecadon

Watch as DIY guru and TV personality Anitra Mecadon shows do-it-yourselfers how to install and finish PURPLE drywall in 15 easy steps. Not only will you learn what materials to use and how much time it will take, you'll also learn tips and tricks the pros use to get the job done right.

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Step 1: Measuring & Estimating

This step helps you measure and estimate the amount of mold- and moisture-resistant PURPLE drywall you will need for your project.

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Step 2: Materials, Storage & Handling

Learn how to choose, store and handle PURPLE drywall for your DIY project.

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Step 3: How to Hang Ceilings

Find out everything you need to know about installing PURPLE drywall on the ceiling.

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Step 4: Securing the Ceiling with Fasteners

Secure PURPLE on the ceiling drywall using screws as fasteners.

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Step 5: How to Hang Walls

This is the best way to hang drywall horizontally or vertically on the wall.

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Step 6: Cutting & Scoring the Board

Cut, score and snap your PURPLE drywall or wallboard like a DIY pro.

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Step 7: Cutting for an Electrical Box

Learn how to measure and cut your PURPLE drywall for electrical outlets and switches.

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Step 8: Tools for Finishing Joints & Fasteners

This is everything you need to finish PURPLE drywall joints and fasteners, including drywall paper tape and a taping knife.

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Step 9: Mixing & Applying Joint Compound

Use a mixing paddle and low dust joint compound to finish joints and fasteners like a pro.

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Step 10: Finishing Inside Corners

Make sure you have enough joint compound for both sides of the joint and press your folded joint tape into the mud using your taping knife.

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Step 11: Finishing Vertical Joints

When finishing vertical joints, feather the joint compound with a taping knife and be sure not to use too much mud.

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Step 12: Applying the 2nd Coat of Joint Compound

When the first coat of joint compound is dry, use taping knives to apply a second coat of mud over the joints and fasteners in your PURPLE drywall.

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Step 13: Sanding Drywall Joints & Fasteners

Sand any uneven areas and excess joint compound on the PURPLE drywall for a smooth, finished surface.

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Step 14: Applying the Final Coat of Joint Compound

Using taping knives, apply joint compound over all of the joints and fastener heads and feather beyond the edge of the second coat for a smooth surface.

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Step 15: Sanding the Walls & Ceilings

Sand the joint compound on your walls and ceilings until smooth and remove all excess dust with a damp rag or sponge.

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How to Install SoundBreak XP Retrofit® Board

This acoustically enhanced gypsum board easily installs over existing drywall without the need for a disruptive and expensive demolition.