By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A drywall contractor is skilled in installing wallboard also known as gypsum board, the material that makes up walls. You’ll find a drywall installer online by typing "drywall installer in (your town)" in the search box of any search engine and be referred to a contractor referral service. In the Yellow Pages and classified directory they are under "Drywall Contractors".
Expect to pay $20 to $30, the national average hourly rate for a drywaller. Drywall contractors price a job on a square-foot basis with a premium attached to a small job because it is not as profitable as a large job, due to all the travel time. More than one trip is required for hanging the wallboard, taping the seams, mudding the seams, and letting it dry; a return trip requires more mudding and sanding.
A professional installation has straight walls and ceilings, square inside and outside corners and window and door openings that are trimmed with molding. Inspect the walls from all angles and with different lighting, if possible, to look for imperfections.
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