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by Matt Goering

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Few homeowners realize it until they'll well into a larger home improvement project, but drywall work goes hand in hand with just about every major interior home repair or remodeling job in the industry. In fact, Baltimore drywall installation and finishing are two of the most important steps when it comes to finishing everything from basement remodels to repairing large-scale water damage in your home. Can you do it yourself? Sure. Should you do it yourself? That's another question all together. To give you a better idea of what you might be getting into, here's the basic steps of any drywall installation in Baltimore. Read on to determine whether you're ready to tackle this job yourself, or whether it's time to call in a professional.

Step #1 of Baltimore Drywall Installation: Hanging Drywall
This is the easy part of any drywall installation in Baltimore. Hanging drywall isn't so much difficult as it is time-consuming and physically-demanding. That being the case, most accomplished home handymen can handle this part without much trouble. You'll need the appropriate materials, including the proper number of drywall sheets and a box or bucket of drywall screws as well as a ladder, a cordless drill or drywall drill, a utility knife, a keyhole saw, and a good buddy. A six pack of Natty Boh is optional, though if you include it on your shopping list, we strongly recommend you save the brew until after you're done climbing up and down the ladder and there's no work left involving power tools and sharp objects. All joking aside, all you've got to do to hang your sheetrock is to cut the drywall to the right size and screw it onto the studs. Remember the mantra "done is better than perfect." Don't get us wrong here, you definitely want your drywall to fit together as tight as possible, but covering the gaps and making things look seamless is what the next step of drywall installation in Baltimore is for.

Step #2 of Baltimore Drywall Installation: Working with Mud
As we said, hanging your drywall is the easy part. The step that gives most inexperienced do-it-yourselfers pause is applying the joint compound, or mud, as it's called in the industry. It's not that slapping compound onto drywall is all that tough. Anyone with a bucket of compound and a trowel can do that. The trick is learning how do so with minimal mess and waste, and more importantly, how to do it and end up with a seamless joint between drywall sheets that no one will notice after you apply your interior paint. If you haven't done this work before, be forewarned: for your first several, or several hundred, tries, you'll probably end up with more mud on yourself and the floor than on the wall you're trying to finish. That being said, if you're working in a finished area, better put some drop clothes on the list of things to pick up at the hardware store as well.

While professional contractors make Baltimore drywall finishing look easy, the truth is that it take a lot of practice before you're able to do it right, and even longer before you can move along at an efficient pace. If you've got the time and patience, you will eventually figure out how to apply the compound over the drywall tape and then smooth it down at the edges until you create a seamless transition into the drywall itself. However, if you're not someone with a lot of patience, and you're not a big fan of learning from your mistakes, then this is a good time to call in a contractor to do your Baltimore drywall finishing for you.

Costs and Project Durations of Drywall Installation in Baltimore
If you do decide to hire your Baltimore drywall installation and/or your Baltimore drywall finishing out, then you're probably wondering how much it's going to cost you. HomeAdvisor.com provides contractor referrals to thousands of Baltimoreans every year, and we follow up every Baltimore drywall installation job that originates in our system with a homeowner survey. Based on the information those surveys provide, an average Baltimore drywall installation runs about $1,900 and takes six days to complete from start to finish. However, it pays to talk to several local contractors before you rule this job as too expensive for your budget. Depending on the size and scope of your project, final costs can vary by thousands of dollars, up or down, for a drywall installation in Baltimore. Getting bids straight from the horse's mouth won't cost you anything, and you might be pleasantly surprised with the quotes you end up getting.

Drywall installation in Baltimore is part and parcel to just about any large interior home improvement or remodeling project you're likely to tackle, so chances are you'll have to face it one way or another. Our best advice if you're considering doing this job yourself: make sure you take a step back before you dive in and honestly evaluate whether you've got the experience and/or stubbornness to pull a drywall installation in Baltimore off without professional help.

Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.