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Drywall  /  June 26, 2019

Common Drywall Mistakes That DIYers Should Avoid

Drywall installation is often considered a good DIY project especially if you have some skills and you want to save money. However, keep an eye out for common pitfalls when installing drywall.

In this article, Handyman Connection® of West Omaha lists four of the most common mistakes DIYers do during a drywall installation job.

Oversanding Drywall Paper

A smooth surface is desirable but make sure you’re not oversanding the drywall paper. When you sand the dried mud compound and joints too much, there’s a chance you’ll reach and sand into the paper or fiberglass tape covering the seams. This can affect the quality of your installation. Check your sanding progress from time to time. Place a light at a low angle to the wall so that you can easily see rises or bumps.

Driving Screws or Nails Too Deep

When you drive the screws or nails too deep, you risk breaking the surface of the paper face of the wallboard. Once this area is broken, your screw or nail may no longer hold as firmly as it should.

Drive the screw head exactly to the surface of the paper cover. If you need a little help in regulating the depth of the screw, use special drill attachments.

Making Drywall Joints Too Tight

If two adjoining sheets of drywall are fitted too tightly, the drywall may eventually break off due to the expansion and contraction of the wood framing underneath. During installation, make sure to keep the 1/8-inch space between sheets. You can use spacing guides, such as thin strips of wood, to maintain the necessary distance.

Misaligned Holes for Electrical Boxes

It’s extremely difficult to cut a hole in a drywall sheet and ensure it’s aligned with your electrical box. However, it would help if you can mark the location of the box and use it as a guide when you’re cutting the hole.

If you need help with your drywall project or any handyman task, Handyman Connection of West Omaha can provide you with top-notch services. Call us at (402) 230-5656 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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