If compared to plaster, drywall offers a lot of benefits since it’s less difficult yet quicker to install and it comes with more affordable drywall prices. Many people try to make drywall installation a DIY project rather than hiring an expert drywall contractor for the sake of saving some bucks. However, even if you think that drywall installation seems straightforward and simple, installing it on your own and without any help from the experts is highly discouraged.
There are some common mistakes that DIY enthusiasts wind up making as they do the drywall installation. At the end of the day, these mistakes potentially can affect the appearance and integrity of the drywall panels. If you don’t know these mistakes, check out the list we listed below and find out how to resolve them:
Skewed electrical socket holes
It can be very difficult to cut seamlessly aligned holes on a drywall sheet. It’s not something a DIY enthusiast can easily master and pull off well. Apart from that, there’s no going back once it’s over. There are a lot of hacks you can do to make sure that all holes are properly aligned. When your holes are askew and not align, they can appear to be very unappealing and ugly. The best way to deal with this issue would be to employ an expert drywall contractor to guarantee that all will be fixed properly.
Screws or nails are driven too far
One more typical error that’s made during drywall installation jobs is that the screws or nails are driven too deep. Consequently, they can harm the wallboard’s paper surface. Once its surface is damaged, the screw tends to lose most of its clutching capabilities, making this error a substantial issue.
To guarantee that you won’t wind up driving the screws or nails further down, consider driving the head of the screw directly over the surface of the paper cover and add a half or quarter-turn to push the screw right beneath the surface. If ever you unintentionally damage the paper, never attempt to eliminate it since it’ll only make the issue worse. So, rather than attempting to do it, you can choose to add one more screw to fix it.
Over-sanding with drywall paper
In the effort to get a smooth and perfectly even surface, most DIY enthusiasts do is vigorously sanding the drywall panels. Keep in mind that if your drywall panels experience over-sanding, you may end up sanding into paper tape or fiberglass that conceals the surface or the seams of other drywall panels that surrounds it. As a result, the drywall installation can be compromised. What most DIYers do to undo this mistake is to retape the seams.
However, the best way to do to avoid over-sanding would be to install a light in a way that creates a low angle to the wall. This light can help accentuate any rises or bumps on the surface. This way, you’ll know the accurate area where you need to sand.