Common Drywall Mistakes

When it comes to installing drywall, it is easy to make a mistake, especially if you do not have the right drywall supplies on hand. Below, we will go over some of the most commonly made mistakes and how to avoid them.

Underestimating How Much You Need

While you may think it is wise to purchase just enough drywall supplies for the job, you do in fact want to overestimate a little bit, especially when it comes to the actual drywall. You should purchase at least ten percent more than you need. The reason behind this is because you may make an error or there may be a small section that requires additional drywall and you want to be prepared.

Not Protecting Electrical Wires

A common mistake that is made when placing drywall is that the homeowner does not protect the electrical wires within the wall. To do this, you can place a steel plate over the wire on the stud. If you fail to protect the wires, you may accidentally pierce them when you begin to screw the drywall in and this can lead to an interruption in electrical power, a shock, or even a small fire.

Spending Too Much Time Cutting

When it comes to cutting the drywall, many people will spend too much time cutting the drywall itself and trying to make the ends even, smooth, and flush with each other. Do not be afraid to leave a small space in between the two piece of drywall. The space will be properly filled in when you begin applying the joint compound to the drywall.


Buying the Wrong Drywall Supplies

If you do not purchase the right drywall supplies, then you will find that you have trouble hanging the drywall and even applying the compound. You should spend some time considering what type of drywall would work best in your home and then choose the supplies needed accordingly.

If you ever need help choosing your drywall supplies, talk to a team member at The Lumber Guys. We will help you identify and purchase the right materials.

Placing the Seams in the Wrong Places

Another common error that homeowners make when they are installing drywall is that they place the seams in the wrong places. For example, you should not place the seams near any doorways or windows. The reason behind this is because as your home settles, the seams will become weakened over time and the drywall will eventually fall under strain.

Also, when it comes to placing the seams, you should place the drywall in a horizontal pattern with the seams in a vertical position to help make the most stable foundation.

It is easy to make mistakes when you are placing drywall in your home, but if you follow the tips above and avoid the most commonly made errors, you will find that your completed project looks good and is stable. If you are in need of quality drywall supplies, contact The Lumber Guys today.

 

 

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