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Drywall (Gypsum Board)

Whether building new or renovating an existing home, drywall (gypsum board) by volume will probably be one of the most used products in your project. It can also account for over 25% of the waste from your project if not managed properly. When planning your project, there are two simple, yet very important principles to keep in mind regarding drywall application and management.

The first is to always purchace and apply recycled drywall for your project. Most major suppliers of drywall have recycled product available for purchase. It may cost slightly more than non-recycled material, but the difference isn't substantial. All you have to do is specify that your requirement is for recycled material, and your supplier should easily be able to meet your request.

The second is to take a bit more time in designing your project's drywall requirements before you order the product. Drywall comes in a variety of sizes. At a minimum, you can order 4 foot sheets by 8, 9, or 10 foot lengths. By properly calculating your wall and ceiling requirements, you can go a long way in minimizing your waste.

Finally, no matter how hard you try, there will always be drywall waste after completing your project. The good news is that, whatever waste you have, your supplier should either be willing to take the waste back, or recommend a company that will recycle your excess material.

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