If you’re a new homeowner or have big renovation plans in your future- listen up. You probably have dreamy plans for the place; many of which you’re considering doing yourself to save a little money. Maybe you’ve already started and maybe you’re already dealing with the aftermath, especially when it comes to drywall repair. Have no fear, if you’re dealing with one of these common drywall mistakes made by beginners, just call your trusted drywall repair company in Colorado.
Forgetting to mark the locations of the studs
Sheets of drywall are affixed to studs that make up your walls with drywall screws. When you’re hanging drywall, it’s important to mark the locations of the studs so that you know where to drive the screws when you go back to secure them. It’s a common beginner’s mistake to forget to mark the locations of the studs and instead end up driving screws haphazardly thinking you’re doing things right, but actually making a mess. This is a common problem, and one that your trusted drywall repair company will be able to fix, no problem.
Neglecting to minimize joints during drywall repair
The most common size for sheets of drywall is four feet by eight feet. There are also larger and smaller sizes available depending on the space you need to fill. You want to choose the largest size sheet available that will fit in your space, minimizing the joints between sheets. The joints are the hardest places to hide and can break down over time. Minimizing them limits the drywall problems you might have in the future.
All drywall sheets have a rough edge and a tapered edge. It’s important to choose the tapered edge when you’re laying a sheet at the corner of a wall. The tapered edge will serve as a strong foundation for the corner of the wall which is subject to lots of dings, scratches, and bumps in your house. If you neglect to use the tapered edge, the corner may look messy when you’re done with your drywall repair and will likely begin to break down over time.
You can still see the tape after drywall repair
When hanging drywall, use tape and a layer of drywall mud to cover the joints – the place where two drywall sheets meet. You’ll want to leave a 1/8 inch gap between each sheet of drywall to allow for the tape and mud and a future smooth surface. It’s common and quite easy to not use enough mud to cover the tape which will mean that even after painting the surface, you’ll still be able to see it.