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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Drywall

Construction & Contractors Blog

In an effort to save on remodeling expenses, some homeowners are taking on the task of installing their own drywall. Unfortunately, putting up drywall is more complex than it looks. If the drywall is not hung correctly, problems can occur. To help you stay on the right track with the installation, here are some of the most commonly made mistakes you need to avoid.  

Underestimating Drywall Needed

While people are installing drywall, it is not uncommon for them to make mistakes. Mistakes can eat at your supply of drywall and leave you without the necessary supplies to finish your project. Other problems, such as weather damage, can also impact your ability to finish your drywalling project as scheduled.  

To avoid delays, it is important that you buy more drywall than you estimate you need. If something does transpire, you will still have the materials needed to finish without having to make multiple trips to a home-improvement store. The leftover drywall can be used for other projects or donated to charities.  

Using Long Screws

The screws that are used to secure the drywall are important. Some homeowners believe that using longer screws helps to ensure the drywall is properly secured. In actuality, longer screws could cause more damage.  

Longer screws can potentially damage plumbing lines and wiring within your walls. To avoid damage, look for an 1 1/4-inch screws if you are using 1/2-inch drywall panels. Use 1 3/8-inch screws for 5/8-inch panels. 

Failing to Leave a Gap

One of the common misconceptions about drywall is that all of the pieces need to fit tightly together. The thought is that this provides a smoother look. Unfortunately, installing the pieces together tightly can cause damage. When the pieces are crammed in tightly together, the edges can start to crumble. If you have to remove a piece later to make a repair, removing the drywall can be more difficult without the gap in place.  

You can avoid all of these issues by leaving a small gap between the drywall pieces. Remember, tape and joint compound can be used to fill in those spaces. You can still get a smooth look without worrying about damaging the drywall. 

There are other mistakes that can be made when installing drywall. Mistakes can prove costly and result in a need for a professional to repair them. To avoid additional costs, you could also try working with a professional residential drywall installer from the start.  

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10 August 2016