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The construction of any commercial or residential building involves the crucial process of drywalling. Drywall, a construction material that’s inexpensive and easy to install, covers interior walls and ceilings, giving them a smooth surface ready for paint or wallpaper. Drywalling can make or break a construction project, and getting it right is essential—if the process goes awry, then the finished product can fall short of expectations. Let’s discuss some of the most common issues that occur in the drywalling business and suggest ways to solve them.
Uneven drywall occurs when there are visible bumps, ridges, or valleys on the surface of the drywall. Common causes of this issue include improper hanging, poor framing, or substandard taping. The best way to solve this issue is to thoroughly inspect the framing to ensure the drywall is up correctly. Then, you can skim-coat the drywall or sand the uneven areas. The ceiling and wall should be the same height, and the seams should be as invisible as possible.
Drywall cracks are incredibly common issues in the drywalling business. Factors such as changes in temperature and humidity can cause the drywall to expand and contract, leading to cracks. Cracks aren’t structural issues; you can resolve them by applying joint compounds throughout the affected areas. Keep in mind, however, that excessive or wider cracks may need deeper professional attention.
Drywall Nail Pops
Drywall nail pops occur when the drywall becomes loose and bulges, creating a pronounced bump on the surface. Generally, nail pops occur when the drywall isn’t properly screwed in place or when the screws become loose over time. Fixing this issue involves:
- Removing the screw,
- Refilling the hole with the compound, and
- Driving a new screw into the framing in its place.
Placing the drywall screws in strategic positions can minimize nail pops, preventing future bumps on the surface.
Rough Wall Texture
Poor texture can ruin the look of perfectly installed drywall, so getting the texture right is essential. Rough wall texture can often occur when an unskilled contractor carries out the texturing process. You can resolve this issue by sanding or reapplying the joint compound to retexture the walls. Sometimes, the best course of action is to start fresh and resurface the affected area entirely.
Mismatched drywall happens when you use different sheets or batches of drywall, resulting in inconsistencies in color and texture. You can prevent this issue by using the same brand and batch of drywall throughout the entire project.
Drywall installation and finishing require precision, skill, and attention to detail. Several common issues are associated with drywalling, including uneven drywall, drywall cracks, drywall nail pops, rough wall texture, and mismatched drywall. Before you start breaking in your drywall knives and getting started, make sure you understand the common issues that may occur and how to address them effectively. With proper knowledge and techniques, you can ensure a smooth, successful drywalling project.