Drywall purchase and installation is usually an investment on the home owner. Even with its cost effectiveness and efficiency, drywall usually presents certain challenges to DIY enthusiasts only a seasoned drywall supplier can help you overcome. Whether it is during installation or during maintenance here are some 9 common challenges faced by drywall users world over. There are also tips on9 Common FAQs About Drywallhow to navigate around the challenges.

  1. How do I make the wall level for the drywall?

This is usually a challenge during installation where the studs in the wall are not level. To avoid a wavy wall you can make use of two approaches. First, try shimming the low spots with hardboard or wood pieces. You can go with 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick pieces. Get durable and hard pieces from  a store with quality drywall supplies. Alternatively depending on the scale, you can simply plane off high surfaces. You don't have to worry about the appearance since the surface will be covered by drywall.

  1. How do I get rid of drywall dust?

Many face this challenge after knocking down a wall. If you are working on drywall either installing or breaking up one, you are going to deal with lots of drywall dust. This requires you to set up your own dust control. Putting up a plastic sheet goes a long way to ensuring the dust does not spread to other rooms.

Should you forget this, open up the windows, and if possible have a fan blowing out one window to exchange as much air as possible. Clean up every surface by damp mopping and sponging. After this you can get some type of air filter to clear the rest of the dust.

  1. How do I patch my drywall to match a given texture?

The best way to approach this is to get a texture you can add to your paint. A compound that is thinned down to the consistency of runny oatmeal is another alternative. The compound is applied to match the surrounding using a paint roller to a textured finish.  

In case the surrounding has a knocked down texture, get a stucco tampico brush and splatter on the mix. Give it 15 minutes to dry before using a 10" drywall knife to knock down the surface for a matching finish.

  1. How do I repair a wall after removing wallpaper borders and wall paper?

Get very thin coats of joint taping mud over the small exposed area. This is done by placing slightly thinned mud  coat in the area using a 10" taping knife. After it has dried, scrape off any bump or ridges using the knife and apply a second thin coat that overlaps the previous coat and repeat the scrapping off as in the first step. Repeat the same process for the third thin coat. You can then sand off lightly using 220 grit paper.

  1. How do I fill drywall screw depressions?

Make sure the screws are slightly below the surface and then place a small amount of mud over the screw. Use a taping knife to scrape off any mud except what is filling the depression. After it is dry repeat the process until the mad no longer shrinks and you do not have to do a lot of sanding.

6.What length and type of drywall screws should I use?

If you are working with 1/2" drywall a minimum of 1 1/8" will be needed. Coarse thread screws are for wood while fine thread screws are used for metal.

  1. How do I get bubbles out of corner round paper with a few coats of mud?

For a small number of bubbles the best option is to cut them off with a razor knife then coat the surface. If it is most of the corner, then you will have to sand or scrape off the mud and replace with full metal corner.

  1. Should I fill the gaps between sheets of drywall?

Gaps wider than 1/8" should be filled with either sandable spackle or joint compound before taping.

  1. Should I tape a small hole repair?

Small hole repairs in the middle of the wall do not require repairs unless for covering rough edges to aid in finishing. However those at the edges where two sheets meet should be taped to avoid cracking caused by pressure along the joint.



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