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by Jon Nunan

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There are so many remodeling tasks that involve drywall installation, Kansas City homeowners who are looking to do any sort of indoor upgrade will probably have to deal with it at some point in the process. While far from the most complex job in the home improvement world, there is little room for error (and a noticeable difference) between drywall that looks good, and drywall that looks shoddy. Though many homeowners have successfully tackled this task themselves, if you want the remodeling project you're working on to look its best, it is a good idea to consider the pros and cons of hiring a professional company to do your drywall.

DIY Drywall Installation in Kansas City
Unlike the plaster it was designed to replace, hanging drywall can be a relatively quick job if you know what you're doing. For handy homeowners in Kansas City, drywall installation is one task that might be worth doing (in whole or in part) yourself. For those who are less than experienced in home improvement, however, the savings that can be found in DIY drywall installation may not be significant enough to warrant taking the necessary steps required to produce professional results. In fact, if learning to do your drywall job the right way and having the patience to follow through isn't a priority when you begin the job, there's a good chance you'll have to call in a professional to fix what you've started and end up paying more than if you'd hired a pro in the first place! If you aren't sure what the job entails, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process before you begin a DIY job.

Hanging: The First Step in Drywall Installation
When you opt to hire a pro, the first step in the process (and by most barometers, the easiest) is hanging the drywall. In a nutshell, hanging requires measuring the space to be covered, cutting the drywall boards to the appropriate size, and fixing them to the wall or ceiling joists with drywall screws. Your local Kansas City drywall installation company can make this job seem easy and quick, but many a homeowner has found out the hard way that hanging drywall is harder than it looks.

Finishing: The Hard Part
Once the drywall is hung, the next step is finishing. For most DIYs in Kansas City, drywall finishing is the most difficult part of the job. Though the concepts involved in using tape, joint compound, and a trowel to create a surface that is smooth and even aren't hard to grasp, actually performing this task is often a tedious, messy, and frustrating process for the inexperienced. DIYs should also be aware that in a place with freezing winters and blazing hot summers like you find in Kansas City, drywall finishing is likely to work best at indoor temperatures between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Painting Your Drywall
If you've made it this far, chances are you can probably take care of the last step, too! Painting your drywall should only be done after the joint compound is allowed to set (this time will vary depending on the compound that is used and the humidity and temperature conditions when it is applied). Painting, of course, is a whole other discipline that has its own particular do's and don'ts!

Professional Kansas City Drywall Installation Prices
If you have some previous experience working with drywall, it is likely that you'll be able to complete the job yourself and save on labor costs. HomeAdvisor keeps records of every job processed nationwide, including drywall installation in Kansas City; as it turns out, KC homeowners generally pay about $1,850 for drywall installation jobs. With a price tag as reasonable as that, it is well worth the time it takes to consider the material costs as well as the time and effort it would require for a DIY job before you dismiss the idea of hiring a pro!

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.