Drywall

Drywall installation tips and info about drywall contractors

Drywall is now one of the most common building materials used in new homes, replacing plaster from years ago. Drywall installation is quicker and easier than plaster installation and therefore more economical for everyone involved.

Drywall Installation

Also called wall board or sheetrock, drywall panels are used in both walls and ceilings. They provide ease of use with their ability to be glued or nailed to either wood or metal studs. Generally, drywall comes in lengths of eight, nine, ten or twelve feet. Different types of drywall are manufactured for different needs. For example, some sheets are mold, moisture or fire resistant, for use in areas of the home where these issues are of particular concern. Some drywall sheets are extra thick to block sound.

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Many people opt to install drywall themselves. It is important to perform the steps correctly because incorrectly installed drywall can mean a lot of energy and money wasted.

The first step is to measure the wall, followed by cutting the drywall sheet with drywall tools so it is one quarter of an inch shorter than the wall space. This allowance is important so that the drywall does not push and jam against the floor, as either the floor or the wall may be uneven. Attach the drywall by screwing it into the wall every 16 inches, working out from the center.

If drywall installation is not something you want to attempt on your own, hiring a drywall contractor is your best option. The contractor will have the experience to complete the job quickly and successfully. It is always best to speak with references before hiring any home improvement contractor.

Drywall Repairs

Because drywall is lighter and easier to install than plaster, it can also be easier to damage. Filling in holes doesn't have to be a job for a contractor if you follow the right steps. First, you need to create a drywall patch out of extra drywall. This patch should be cut to a size that is four inches larger than the hole in need of repair. Gently break away the drywall not needed to fit inside the hole, and then apply a light film of drywall mud to hold the patch.

Drywall finishing can be a time-consuming, difficult task. The idea behind drywall is a clean, even result, and the joints and screws used to complete the drywall job can mar that overall desired look. Make sure fastener heads are screwed in to a point below the drywall so they do not protrude. Spread a generous layer of drywall mud spread over the joints. It is important to remember that drywall mud should not be used like glue or Spackle; it is meant simply to cover the seam tape. In all, drywall finishing is generally a four-day process.