If you’ve ever done drywall work you know it’s more of an art than a science. Getting your rooms restored to their former look can be especially difficult if you’ve never done drywall work before. If you’ve experienced a disaster and now require new drywall call All Star Plumbing and Restoration to get the job done. We have years of experience and hundreds of hours spent mudding and sanding, we can make sure no one ever knows you had a problem.
If you decide to try it yourself here are a few tips we recommend:
Fill large or deep holes with setting compound rather than patching compound. Setting compound is sold in a powder form which you then add water to when ready to use it. It will be more difficult to sand so you’ll want to limit its use to only areas that require it.
Minimize butt joints as much as possible. A butt joint is anywhere that two non-tapered ends of drywall meet. Finishing these joints so that they are not noticeable is difficult and time consuming so for the DIYer it’s best to avoid them as much as you can. As often as possible use drywall sheets that are large enough to cover the entire area and meet up with another new piece of drywall. You can get drywall in 8’, 12’ and even 14’ lengths to help make this possible.
Make sure you have enough framing to properly attach the drywall. In some cases inside corners will be lacking in supports, add an additional 2×4 to the existing frame to give yourself plenty of room to work with.
If you’re filling a whole series of screw holes or a number of small dings use a wider taping knife and skim coat the entire area rather than trying to fill each hole individually. This will be both more efficient and provide a better finished look by hiding all of the holes better.
Before painting make sure to prime the walls. If you’re working on a wall that already has paint but you’ve added large patches of mud, prime over those patched areas prior to painting to avoid a blotchy look in the end.
Remember that when you buy premixed drywall mud you need to properly stir it before the initial use. It’s also recommended that you thin it further by adding some water. In most cases, using an electric mixer is the best option for a novice drywaller. Make sure to thoroughly wash your tools after each and every use. If mud hardens to your tools it will come loose during future uses and get stuck in your next mudding job.
There are many other tips and tricks to properly hanging and finishing drywall. We recommend you start with a small area and see if you can perfect your technique prior to attempting a larger area. If it turns out to be more than you bargained for, give us a call at All Star Plumbing and Restoration, we’re happy to step in and help you get the project back on track.