Common Drywall Mistakes

Common Drywall Mistakes

Install it horizontally

Lay panels horizontally with with their vertical seams offset - this increases stability and creates fewer seams to be filled. Similar to the way bricks are arranged in a wall or garden path, the offset joints create a naturally stable structure.

 

Safety is paramount

Avoid damaging electrical work by placing steel plates over the area of a stud where a cable passes. This will prevent accidentally piercing wires (or piping) with screws and nails. This is the last thing you want to deal with after having fixed the plasterboard. Although you may miss the cables when you initially install the plasterboard, the issue can arise years down the track, for example when installing a new cupboard.

 

Spend time to save time

When cutting plasterboard, take a little extra time to create a smooth cut by marking and scoring with a T-square and knife, then breaking in one swift motion. Sawing may seem quicker, but it will leave an untidy finish more often than not.

 

Intelligent Installation

Don’t position the factory cut ends to meet at exterior corners. As they are slightly tapered, the corner bead will lie too low, which will cause difficulty when covering with joint compound.

 

Fix then flush

When fixing plasterboard, the ends do not need to be cut to fit perfectly. Jamming in a piece that is cut too tight will break out a corner or crumble the edge. Removing these broken pieces is as time consuming as it is irritating. A loose fit is absolutely fine - leave a comfortable gap which can be adequately filled with joint compound.