1 Week Timeline From Exposed Framing To Finished Sheetrock Install

Step 1 – Sheetrock is hung.

Step 2 – Mudder arrives, tapes, and fills any imperfections, voids, or joints. 

Step 3: The mud is left to dry overnight.

Step 4: Imperfections are assessed and a second or third coat of mud is applied after drying.

Step 5: The walls are sanded for a clean final finish. 

Pro tip: For humid spaces like basements, we factor in an additional day for drying!


With the sheetrock delivered and brought down to the basement, the next step is to haul it to each room and hang each sheet piece by piece.
Sheetrock is hung by several installers and screwed into the newly framed wall 16" on center. Looking at the visible batt insulation at the ceiling, we moved a pipe just slightly further into the floor joists and are just about to hang the final strip of sheetrock.
Small openings are left at the locations of the new ceiling fixtures and recessed lighting. The joint between new ceiling and wall sheetrock will be taped and mudded for a smooth transition between the two surfaces.

Wet Applications: Cement Board In Place Of Sheetrock

In the shower, we stopped the sheetrock installation about 12” from the ceiling to make room for a cementitious board called Durock placed at the location of the new shower tile. Durock provides an ideal surface for mounting tile, especially in wet environments just like this shower. Being that both the Durock and sheetrock are 1/2” thick, we won’t have to worry about an obvious seem between the two different materials.

In the shower, the sheetrock crew leaves openings wherever tile will be installed. Durock will then be installed to prevent water damage and promote better tile adhesion.

Final Steps: Prepping Sheetrock for New Paint

Right after the sheetrock is hung, mudded, and sanded, the crew can apply the selected primer. For its cost-effectiveness, Sherwin Williams CHB primer can be a good option, especially for ceiling applications.  When considering primers, think about the application and the special needs of the room. Humidity from showers, pets, the final paint finish desired, and the ease of cleaning may all play a factor in how to choose your primers and paints!  

After all the sheetrock is hung and sanded, we prime the walls in preparation for painting in a few weeks.
With sheetrock up, the new basement plan really starts to take shape. The only visible openings now are at the locations of future lighting, outlets, and switches.

Up Next…Look inside flooring changes for this 1930’s South Minneapolis basement remodel.


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