Before any good paint job, the drywall must be evaluated for condition. Mostly, you may only need a patch here and there, but sometimes there is a lot of work to be done. Many of you who are do-it-yourselfers do not have an abundance of experience with these types of home improvement projects. Calling a professional is never a bad idea, however; we appreciate that you want to complete it on your own. To help you on your project, here are a few things you may need to know about drywalling:
Before beginning a project, make sure your utility knives are sharp, and if not; sharpen them or buy new knives. Dull utility knives will rip drywall, and not cut cleanly.
Prepare for dust. When you are sanding compound, dust spreads everywhere. To avoid problems in the future, and extra clean-up time, seal the vents and turn off the air conditioning. In addition, place a plastic drop cloth at the doorway to avoid having dust poor into the next room.
You should countersink screws into the drywall, because they hold much better that nails. You’ll use a tool called a screw guard, and on the end is what’s called the countersink. The countersink allows you to put the screw about 1/16” to ⅛” into the drywall.
If you are working on a ceiling, begin with that first. Use a jack to hold up the ceiling as you place the boards one by one. Drywall jacks can be rented if need be.
Think of putting in layers. Using two layers of drywall will help hide imperfections, give it a more rigid surface, and help abate sound.
Make sure your drywall keeps dry. A beneficial thing to have is a vapor barrier on the exterior of the house. This will prevent moisture from reaching the back of the drywall on the interior.
Take pictures before the beginning new drywall (if possible). Taking pictures will show you the layout of the plumbing and electrical wires, which is very valuable to look back at if necessary in the future.
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