Laying drywall is a skill that takes months to understand and years to master. It’s by no means easy, but it’s very important for building a strong interior for your walls and ceilings. There are plenty of mistakes that an amateur can make while laying drywall in new room additions. In fact, most people make the same few mistakes while applying drywall and it causes their outcome to look poorly done and messy. Here are some do’s and dont’s to pay attention to when it comes to the process of laying drywall.
Drywall Installation Preparation
While prepping for where and how you will apply drywall, it’s critical that you don’t just try to guess where everything will be laid. Make sure to mark the location of the framing members before you cover them in drywall so that you will know exactly where to place the screws. Another don’t is when you don’t check the framing before applying drywall and miss some bad support in the interior of your walls. Install wood planks to make up for bad frame support so that your drywall will be reinforced and stable. Taking the time to notice and note these things before you start applying drywall is a great way to ensure you get the job done right the first time.
This is probably the most common way that drywall is applied incorrectly and often causes future problems for homeowners adding new room additions to their house. Don’t hang a sheet of drywall with a tapered edge along an outside corner of a wall, it will be nearly impossible to install the corner bead. What you should do is place cut edges along the outside corner so that the corner bead isn’t too low or difficult to cover with a joint compound. Another home improvement issue when when you don’t check and trim the fit of an outlet hole before pressing the drywall. Measure and trim beforehand to make your drywall clean and functional.
Once it’s all said and done, the most important part of drywalling is how it looks in the end. If you have prepped and applied everything correctly, your walls should look well planned and organized. This means using fewer joints and the longest sheets to cover the most space possible, because short, overly jointed sheets look tacky. Your drywall should also never line up with the edge of a door or window, and the top of the walls should be in alignment with the ceiling framing. At the end of your project, you should be able to look around and feel accomplished with your work, and not that you’ll have to call a professional to come in and fix it.
Professional Drywall Application
That being said, everyone has days where they mess up the project or realize it was much more difficult than they initially thought. If you have or fear making a slip up, having a professional contractor by your side is an optimal way in avoiding errors or miscalculations. When it comes to your house’s condition, Fix My House will make sure to take every step necessary to make certain that the job is done correctly so that your drywall comes out perfect and you can further your home remodeling plans for the year.
John Carston says
It’s been a long time since I’ve installed drywall so this info should be useful. I like that you’ve talked about the most common problems with drywall application so it can be avoided. I may end up using a professional service for the drywall installation but I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for the helpful post.