Building Checklist Before Hanging Drywall

Before hanging drywall in your home, make sure everything that’s supposed to be in the wall cavity is in place. Here’s a checklist of items that need to be installed before the drywall goes up:

  • Electrical: All wiring and electrical boxes installed for wall outlets, switches, and light fixtures.
  • Plumbing: Drain lines along with hot and cold water lines.
  • Heating and Cooling: Any ductwork for room vents and air return.
  • TV/Data: Television, computer, telephone, and internet lines and wall boxes.
  • Blocking: Wood blocking needed to support hanging items such as towel racks and safety bars in bathrooms, or for added wall support in rooms with high ceilings.
  • Insulation: Wall insulation for both interior (sound deadening) walls and exterior (heat loss/gain) wall.
  • Inspection: Once everything is ready, have the building inspector check out all the systems before the drywall is installed.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  1. The insulation you show in this video is VERY POORLY installed. Not cut around power outlets, just tucked behind the outlets and pipes deeming that portion of the insulation completely useless, with no benefit to the home owner at all!

  2. Hi , we would appreciate your advice .
    We have VOG panels on bedroom walls -it is difficult to use clay paint or any paint on vinyl surface – some parts of vinyl easily peeled down to card board- VOG Board is dry and in good shape- We would like to know if we can cover panel with 1/4 ‘drywall without removing panel or should panels be removed . we do not have a mold situation and we do not want to create one ,if we have to remove would it be best to use regular 1/2 ” dry wall or green board .Please help if you can
    Thank you Ryia

    • He, Onde,
      The easiest option would be to coat the walls with a good bonding primer before applying another top coat of paint.
      The 1/4-inch drywall should work but will require finishing and replacement of all the trim in the room.
      Good luck with your project!


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