Common DIY Drywall Installation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

man cutting drywallAlthough it may seem overwhelming to many, small home improvement projects, such as installing a new non-structural wall, dividing a space to make a new room, or replacing a ceiling, are relatively easy tasks that many homeowners can accomplish as DIY projects.

DIY home repairs and improvements allow you to create amazing spaces without spending too much. Drywall installation, in particular, is one of the most popular home improvement projects used to repair or make a new wall, ceiling, and other surfaces. The only problem with this material, however, is that it’s very hard to fix once installed.

To avoid problems due to poor installation, here are a few of the most common mistakes to avoid when installing plasterboards.

No Allowance for Insulation

If you plan on having new plasterboards put up as a non-load-bearing wall, you’re probably aiming to create a new room or divide a space. Many people, however, forget that there are materials and improvements needed other than the wall.

When installing the plasterboard, don’t forget to take into account insulation, moisture control, and wiring. Make sure these are all good to go before putting up the sheets of drywall and sealing it off completely. That way, you don’t have to damage the drywall when you need to run wires inside it.

Placing Seams at Door Corners

Drywall sheets are often large and have a tendency to vibrate whenever someone shuts the door. These vibrations can create cracks in the seams, which can then lead to damage. Since shaking is stronger around doors, placing the seams in those areas is not advisable. Start your installation from the doors rather than having the drywall sheets join near the door to avoid cracks. Make sure to sheets that are durable and resistant to mould, mildew, and abrasions.

Not Sanding Properly

There’s always a small gap when you glue two plasterboard sheets together. These gaps are usually filled with drywall compound, which unfortunately have a rather porous texture compared to the smooth drywall surface. To create a seamless wall, you need to sand the compound until it’s as smooth as the drywall. Improper sanding, or not doing so, will result in an unattractive wall that will be an eyesore after painting.

The beauty of DIY projects is that with the right materials, tools, information, and a bit of elbow grease, you can complete a professional-quality home improvement project without spending too much.

Resources:

http://www.gyprock.com.au/Pages/Products/DIY.aspx
http://www.hgtv.com/video/professional-drywall-tips-video/index.html
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-repair-cracks-and-holes-in-drywall/index.html

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About Araceli ONeill

Araceli wrote a thesis on grassroots-based tourism and has received several grants for further studies on the contribution of tourism to tourist-friendly countries in Asia and North America.

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