Drywall Tips 3: Most Common Mistakes

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Sheetrock panels are easy to install, but repairing drywall can be a pain once it's up and painted and the room's furnished. So get it right the first time and avoid some common installation mistakes. Doing so can help you avoid the cost and trouble of drywall repair. Keep in mind, the single most common error in any project is the failure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for the tool or material being used.

  • Not allowing for insulation, ventilation, moisture control and wiring prior to the installation of drywall
  • Not installing nail guards where wires or pipes run within the studs nails or screws will not penetrate
  • Placing seams at door corners
  • Contaminating the compound with debris or dried chips of compound
  • Not getting nailing pattern inspected (check local code before covering nails with compound or tape
  • Not having insulation and utilities inspected (check local code) before covering with drywall
  • Not sanding between layers of drywall compound
  • Driving nails too deep so that they break the paper on the panels
  • Not using drywall nails
  • Not sanding the final coat of compound to a smooth finish
  • Not butting two panels of drywall at the beveled factory edge
  • Dinging or damaging the edges of the panels
  • Not completely covering the tape with compound
  • Not applying the ceiling drywall before applying the drywall on the walls
  • Not butting sheets at a stud or rafter
  • Applying the drywall sheets with the wrong side exposed
  • Creating more seams than is absolutely necessary (i.e. using small scraps)