A Career as a Drywall Installer
A drywall installer puts up drywall, sheathing, plywood, and other materials that cover the walls, ceilings and floors of buildings. They also find and fix imperfections in drywall panels by filling joints, corners and window openings. This sets the stage for others to complete the room with details such as trim, paint or moldings.
More About a Career as a Drywall Installer
To become a drywall installer, most companies require a high school education or a GED. On-the-job training is the best way to learn how to install drywall. This is a well-paid job and your personal satisfaction in a job well done is your best reward.
A Day in the Life of a Drywall Installer
Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, materials, or tool requirements
Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal framework using glue, nails or screws
Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures
Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size
Hang drywall panels on metal framework using lifts or hoists to adjust panel heights when necessary
Mount tile using adhesives or by nailing, screwing, stapling, or wire-tying lath directly to structural frameworks
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