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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Drywall

by Dawn Henry

Installing drywall is not for the faint of heart. It can be quite a big job, especially if you have no idea what you're doing. The drywall itself can be pretty heavy, then there is the tape and mud process (which can be pretty messy), in addition to the sanding of the mud to make your walls even without any flaws (again messy). The mud/sanding process is one that may need to be done with several coatings and a process that cannot be rushed. There are quite a few mistakes you can make when installing drywall. See below for a list of these mistakes and what you should do instead to help with your next drywall project.

1. Too Many Joints

If you have a large wall and are using smaller pieces of drywall, you're going to have a lot of joint spaces. This means you'll have more places where you'll have to tape and mud, which could end up costing you more money. Rather than using smaller 8' sheets of drywall, use 12' sheets to help save you time (and money) installing mud and sanding down your wall.

2. Cutting Drywall Around Doors/Windows

Rather than cutting your drywall to fit around door and window openings, you should install the drywall, then cut out the door/window openings. This way you have a complete piece of drywall around the doorway/window, instead of several joints around these openings. The joints are more fragile than the solid pieces of drywall and can end up cracking later down the road when your home shifts or settles.

3. Not Enough Gap

You should have a gap of at least 1/8" between each piece of drywall. This helps ensure not only a proper fit and no issues with broken corners or edges when trying to jam the pieces together too tightly. Also your ceilings should have a 1/2" perimeter gap and wall corners should have 1/4" perimeter. Be sure not to leave too much of a gap either, as you will end up needing to install a new piece. Attempting to tape and mud too much of a gap can be almost impossible and you'll end up with a noticeable gap on your walls.

4. Missed Screws

Don't install screws in your drywall unless you're absolutely sure where the frame and joists behind the drywall are located. Otherwise you'll have missed screws and extra unnecessary holes in your drywall that you'll have to try and cover later with drywall mud - making your job that much harder. Mark the frame or joists with a pencil line to show you where they are located so you always know where your line of screws should be.

Installing drywall can be quite a job. Don't make it harder for you by making these mistakes. Contact a company like Rio  Grande Drywall Supply Co if you need help with any step of the process.