Know Your Drywall
Welcome back. Now that you have read through part one of this series, you are probably here looking for more helpful tips to put your drywall supplies to good use. Before you give up on your do-it-yourself project and call your local drywall company, read through the rest of the tips below as they can help provide you with the guidance you need.
Choose to Use Thicker Drywall Board
A common mistake that many homeowners make when choosing their drywall supplies is that they choose the wrong thickness for their drywall board. While you may think that 1/2-inch thickness is good enough, it is not as thick as you may want your interior walls. If you have the opportunity to purchase 5/8-inch thick drywall board, you should. This board is much thicker than the 1/2-inch choice and will provide you with additional stability.
Another reason you should choose drywall board that is 5/8-inch thick is because it is better at hiding imperfections than the other. You will save yourself time in the long run especially when you do not have to go back and redo the imperfections that appear once the job is completed.
Make Sure to Line Up Doors and Windows
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
When a drywall company comes in to handle a drywall job, they will take measurements and make sure that all windows and doors are flush with the final drywall once the project is complete. This part of the job takes time and is a step that you should not skip. When you start the project, always think about the alignment of the door and window frames and compensate for them. You also need to consider whether or not you will be placing additional materials onto the drywall because if you are, you need to leave some room for this.
Consider Hanging the Door Frames First
When it comes to your interior doors, you may want to consider hanging them first before you apply the sheetrock. The reason behind this is that it makes it much easier to estimate and line up the drywall if the doors are already in place.
If you do plan to use this method, you need to make sure that the doors are secure in place and that they will not shift or move while you are adding the drywall.
Always Wear Safety Equipment
When you are hanging drywall or using drywall supplies, you should always wear safety equipment to protect yourself from dust and any other contaminants that may be in the air. It is recommended that you wear eye goggles and a mask that protects your nose and mouth while you work.
If you are planning to perform your own drywall project, use the tips above to help guide you throughout your project. If you find that you are having trouble hanging the drywall or you are unsure of how to use one of your drywall supplies, contact your local drywall company for help and guidance.