Posts made in January, 2018

6 Most Common Causes of Drywall Damage 

»Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Drywall Damage | 0 comments

Drywall is said to be one of the most durable and eco-friendly construction materials that existed in the world. Homeowners prefer to install it because of its sound proof and fire-resistant benefits that are good for homes and offices. It’s easy to install, manage and repair. The down side is that, people have this notion that a durable material like this couldn’t get damaged. But they are wrong, because drywall, just like any material is prone to damages especially if not taken care of properly. The following are the common causes of drywall damage we compiled from complaints of household owners.  

Drywall Damage 

Popping Nails 

An improper installation of a drywall will cause to damages on the future. For example, it the nails are not set securely in the center of the stud or joists, the nail will pop up over time. If this happens, you can do a repair drywall task by removing the nail and finding where the stud is. Nail in a different and secure point. Do not ever nail it back because it will only cause more damages than you expect.  

Smaller Holes 

Drywall can also have holes, no matter how durable they are. Causes of small holes are door that opens too hard. Avoid this by purchasing an adhesive backing plate for the wall. Protect the wall from door related damages by lining up the adhesive with the door knob. If repair is needed for the small holes, use a joint compound and patch over the hole. Cover the hole with drywall tape, press into the component. Let dry and sand the covered hole.  

Bigger Holes 

To avoid getting large holes in your drywall, avoid doing things that might result to drywall damage. Any hard material can put a big hole in the drywall, especially if thrown ones. But if you already have a big hole, you can repair it. Cut the damaged area completely and insert a new one. The process is almost the same with repairing small holes, but you’ll need more materials.  

Furniture Scuffs 

Another common cause of drywall damage is furniture scuff. They are minor damages and they have the appearance of marker or pencil stain. To avoid scuffs on the drywall, do not always move items around the house. Also, avoid placing big furniture close to the wall. You can solve the problem by using a cleaning sponge.  

Water Damage 

A massive water damage caused by floods or pipe leaks can also damage the drywall. You have to get the water lines fixed first so then you can repair the damages on the drywall. Water damage can make the drywall look ugly, and you have to start repairing it because of the risk of mold growth. In this type of damage, you will need a professional to help you.  

Cracks 

Most of the time, cracks are not easy to notice. But they will become a pain in the ass over time if the issue is not solved right away. Cracks will cause more damage to the entire foundation of your house. The cracks are usually formed on the ceiling, so you better have a regular roof inspection to avoid this.  

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How to Hang Drywall 

»Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Drywall Repair | 0 comments

Drywall is becoming a popular construction materials used for building walls in the house. It has a lot of benefits like fire resistant, sound proof, durable and many more. Drywall comes in 3 basic thicknesses, the ¼ for arches and curved walls, 3/8 for covering existing walls and 5/8 as the most soundproof and thickest. If you want to hang the drywall by yourself, you can do a DIY approach. Just make sure you the tools (which we will mention in this article) and an experience when it comes to construction stuff like this.  

Drywall

When you hang a drywall using the DIY approach, your goal should be to create the fewest number of seams possible. What does this mean? It means that you should work with the largest pieces and panels that you can safely handle. To start the task, prepare the room where you’re hanging the drywall. Cover all plumbing and electric lines. Remember if you’re not familiar with the task, just call drywall repair contractors 

Step 1:  

First, apply adhesive tapes to the studs to prevent popped nail heads. If you don’t know what a stud is, it’s the vertical frame that holds the wall structure in its place. The adhesive will help the drywall panel to hold in its place.  

Align both vertical sides using studs to successfully hold the first sheet close to the corner and across the ceiling. Hammer them to hold them in place. Remember, the nail heads should be beneath the drywall’s surface.  

Step 2:  

Measure the space and allocate ¼ inch so you can install easily. Mark and score the second drywall panel’s front side. Snap the gypsum part and using a knife, cut the paper backing. After that, make sure you smooth the rough edges using a rasp. It will scrape away the edges of any hard materials.  

After this, the second piece should be taken into place with ring drywall nails. Ring drywalls nails are characterized by the rings around the nail, which it makes them a powerful fastener. It creates more friction with the wood which then holds the drywall in place better than what traditional nails can do. Do not forget to mark the studs for driving screws later.  

Step 3:  

Now, drive the screws into the studs. The screws should be 3/8 inch from the edge. They should be 8 inches apart along the vertical joints and 16 inches apart in the middle. Remember, the head of the screws should be just below the paper.  

Use the score-snap-rasp method to measure and cut the width and height needed for the wall in the bottom row. Next, mark the electrical boxes on the panel’s bottom row. Measure from the top of the box to the top panel’s bottom. Make sure the electricity is turned off.   

Step 4:  

Measure the width and height of the electric box. On a piece of drywall, create a pattern. Cut out the pattern for the electric box using a serrated drywall knife. To successfully hold the panel into place, use a foot lift. Make sure it’s ½ inch off the floor. Finally, hang the drywall piece and drive the screws once again.  

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