When installing drywall, there are some issues that can crop up, regardless of your experience level. Today, we’re going to look at four common drywall problems, as well as how to solve them. At American Spray Technologies, we specialize in drywall spray rigs that can be customized to fit your exact needs. Give us a call to get started building your rig today!



Oversanding

Problem:

Sometimes a drywaller can get overzealous, sanding the mud compound and joints too much. When this happens, you can sand into the drywall paper or fiberglass tape that covers the seams. This can even extend to the surface of the surrounding drywall, compromising the integrity of the whole installation.

 

Solution:

An easy way to check your progress while sanding is to place a light at a low angle, pointing up to the wall. This will make it easier to see uneven surfaces like rises or bumps, acting as a guide for where to sand and where to stop.

 


Screw Pops

Problem:

When screws or nails are driven into the drywall too deep, they break the surface of the drywall paper. This heavily decreases the holding power of the screw or nail.

 

Solution:

To avoid this, drive the screw exactly to the surface of the paper cover. After that, give it a quarter or half-turn to push it just slightly below the surface of the paper. There are special drill attachments available to allow you to set the depth of the screw. With a screwgun, there is a clutch that lets you determine the depth of the drive. If you have already pierced the paper, don’t worry about removing it. Instead, put another screw near the one that popped to replace it. You can find more info about screw pops in a recent blog we posted.

 


Electrical Boxes

Problem:

Though it comes easier to drywallers with more experience, it can still be difficult to cut a hole in the drywall to line up with an electrical box that has been nailed onto a stud.

 

Solution:

One option, though not the best, is to cover the electrical box with lipstick or some other marker, then imprint it on the drywall to show where to cut. Another option is to mark the spot with painter’s tape, install the drywall, then cut the hole. A third option exists, but it requires a tool called a Blind Mark, which allows you to make an outline for the cut with magnetic pieces, often resulting in perfect holes.

 


Tight Drywall Joints

Problem:

If the joints connecting two sheets of drywall are too close together, you risk breaking the drywall. It’s also important to leave room for the natural expansion and contraction of the frame. If the joints are too tight, seasonal expansion can cause drywall to crack.

 

Solution:

Although it’s not something that can be fixed retroactively, you can avoid it with a little bit of pre-planning. Use a guide to ensure there is a ⅛” space between drywall sheets. You can use the blade of a drywall square as a guide, but thin strips of wood can also work.

 

Drywall can be tricky to install and even trickier to master. When you know how to overcome the common problems, you’ll be a drywall guru in no time. If you need a new drywall spray rig to get the job done, call American Spray Technologies today!