Call it wallboard, plasterboard, sheetrock, or just plain “rock,” drywall revolutionized the way walls and ceilings are covered. Before the 1950s when these paper-wrapped gypsum panels came into widespread use, it took days for lathers and plasterers to create a firm, flat foundation for paint or wallpaper. With drywall, it takes a fraction of the time.
To work that fast takes practice and a few specialized tools. But hanging drywall is not just about speed. Doing the job right means using screws that are the correct length, off-setting panels so seams don’t line up, and making sure wires and pipes will not be punctured.