Know Your Drywall
If you are bypassing your local drywall company and choosing to hang drywall on your own, there are some basic things that you need to know about drywall and drywall supplies to ensure the job gets done correctly. In this two-part series, we will go over the basics that will help you get the job done right the first time while choosing the best drywall for the job.
Always Use a Full Mud Coating
Did you know that if you do not use a full mud coating, you and your guests may see all of the imperfections that exist on the drywall? That is right. In fact, sunlight and any type of reflective lighting will highlight imperfections on drywall. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a full mud coating and then go back and sand down the drywall.
Always Check for Cabinet Flatness
One mistake that many homeowners make when they install their own drywall is they forget to check for flatness where the cabinet and drywall meet. Make use of your drywall supplies and measure, measure, measure to ensure the flatness. If you forget to do so, an uneven cabinet lip and wall will stick out like a sore thumb and you will need to either redo the job or have a drywall company come out and fix the issue.
Avoid Caulk with Aluminum Windows
One of the worst things that you could do is use caulk between the drywall and window, especially if you have an aluminum window. This is because the aluminum will expand, shrink, sweat, and adjust itself throughout the summer and winter months and this will lead to cracking of the caulk. To avoid this altogether, you should use MDF liners that attach to the drywall.
You can find MDF liners in the drywall supplies section of your local home improvement store. If you cannot locate MDF liners, poplar liners work well too.
Utilize Medium Density Overlay When You Need Additional Support
If there is an area in your home where you need additional support outside of traditional drywall, you should utilize medium density overlay or MDO. The MDO goes directly over top of the drywall and looks similar to the sheetrock, so you do not have to worry about imperfections sticking out. The MDO acts as additional support and will provide you with the strength you need for the specific area.
If you are preparing to hang your own drywall, then you will need to make sure that you have all of the right supplies on hand and that you understand the methods to hang the drywall itself.
If you find that you are having trouble with the installation or you have questions, you should contact your local drywall company to help assist you. For more tips about drywall, check out the part II to this article, as it contains more helpful guidance for your upcoming drywall project.