Common Problems to Avoid During Do-It-Yourself Drywall Installation

Hanging and finishing drywall is an essential step in many renovation projects. Any time a local homeowner finds himself or herself completing an unfinished room of the house, often a basement, they need to think about drywall installation in Utah.

While drywall installation requires a certain level of skill and knowledge, it is a feasible project for a determined do-it-yourself. However, anyone that does not have vast experience working with drywall needs to avoid some common pitfalls that can quickly derail a project.

Over Sanding the Drywall

After taping over the joints in the drywall boards and covering the tape with the drywall compound, the next step is to sand the joint area to smooth out any imperfections.

It’s important to avoid over sanding the area. Over sanding the dried compound can expose the drywall tape. Also, sanding the bare drywall board can damage its surface.

Driving Screws Too Far Into the Drywall

Drywall boards are fastened to the wall’s framing with drywall screws. When installing drywall, a person must focus on driving the screw in tightly, but not too far as to damage the paper face of the drywall board.

Slowly drive the screw into the board until it reaches the board’s surface and then carefully give it a partial turn to secure it.

Tight Joints

Drywall boards should be installed with an eighth-inch space between them. Some homeowners figure they will benefit from creating a tight joint. This enhances the risk of damage to boards during the installation process.

Drywall installation in Utah is possible for a novice of this trade, but it’s important to complete the process carefully as to not risk permanent damage to a renovation project.

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