Originally Posted by carboranadum
What I'd do differently...
* Get Dennis or Bryan involved with the design earlier. Have to do some rework to fix some issues.
* Have drywall delivered. We rented the truck and schlepped it home as needed.
* Farm out the drywall finishing. I'm currently stuck in the muck and can't quite see the end.
* Spend less money on HT books. Everything that I need to know if buried in this forum.
OK, so I'm going to update my list based on recent experience.
* Have drywall delivered +1. I ordered 38 sheets of 54" x 12' of 5/8" on Friday. Paid $1.50 per sheet for it to be hauled around to the basement. Best money spent! That was so easy! The rock was $0.03 per SF more expensive than 4x8s at HD or Lowe's, but they delivered to the house for free...something that the big boxes won't do.
There's no way my wife and I could have unloaded and stacked the drywall as the three guys that delivered it did.
Here's a photo of the boom truck that helped immensely:
* Also, the metal furring strips (AKA HAT channel) that I looked at a HD was 25 gauge and sold for $5.99 for a 10' section. The 20 gauge stuff that the drywall specialty shop had was only $0.38 a foot (37% cheaper). I bought 12 foot lengths to make it easier and they would have delivered it for free! The 20 gauge is so much stiffer than the 25 gauge stuff...but it's also harder to perforate with screws.
* Use Grabber brand screws to attach the drywall to the furring strips. I took BigMouthInDC's advise, and picked up a box. I also tried the Hold-Tite brand that I got from the big boxes. The Hold-Tite worked fine for wood in the rest of the basement, but I broke heads off the few that I tried.
* The drywall specialty store that I found also had USG acoustical caulk in 29oz tubes for a mere $4.
* Try out your local drywall specialty store before you buy. You may be surprised by what you find!