There are many different things, which can cause your gypsum wallboard to need to be repaired. The primary use of a gypsum wallboard is as a backing for various wall coverings. This includes wallpaper, paneling, wall treatments, tile, and fabric. Though gypsum wallboards are fairly durable, it is logical that over time you will have to repair dents, holes, or popped nails.
One of the questions that gets asked a lot around here about installing drywall is what size drywall screws should I use. The Answer: What size screws to use will depend on the thickness and material of the studs you are attaching to.
For hanging 3/8 or 5/8 inch thick sheet on wood studs or joists, then 1 1/4-inch #6 coarse-thread drywall screws are a good choice.
If you’ve ever been curious about how to tape drywall, you might be pleased to discover that it really isn’t as hard as you might first think! Taping drywall is the act of concealing the lines (joints) formed by adjoining drywall panels. This process is what makes walls look nice and smooth.
Drywall tape is either made out of paper or plastic (vinyl) and it comes as roll like most tapes do. Interestingly, there is no adhesive on the back of drywall tape. It adheres to a wall with the use of joint cement (mud, plaster, or compound).
Drywall lifts are tools that assist hangers with placing drywall in high areas. Ceilings are an example of high areas that benefit from the use of drywall lifts. Trying to drywall a ceiling without one is nothing short of frustrating. Some hangers swear by drywall lifts while others insist that a delicate balancing act with drywall placed atop the head performs the job just as well.
But let’s face it. If you have a large ceiling that needs to be placed ten to twelve feet into the air or higher, the “head-technique” just isn’t going to cut it. Not only that but repetitive use of this technique can cause permanent damage to your neck. So let’s talk a little bit about drywall lifts.
Automatic drywall taping tools are specially designed to reduce the time it takes to conceal drywall joints. Instead of using the manual method of applying compound with an application knife and smoothing on paper or mesh tape, automatic drywall taping tools combine several of these steps into one smooth operation.
Automatic Drywall Taping tools vs. Manual Drywall Taping Tools
Just take a quick glance at all the steps involved in manual drywall taping (significantly reduced with automatic drywall taping tools):
1. Place finishing compound on the wall, firmly (but gently)
2. Run the blade of your application knife down the tape as you press it onto the finishing compound from top to bottom
3. Apply a steady and even pressure will ensure a smooth finish