Drywall (cont., pg. 5)


Things You Should Watch For

On another page, I write about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.

 

Contractors, even the best ones, can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do.

Here are some things you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you are doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job, so don’t’ worry that you’re stepping out of line.

It’s your house.

  

● Before hanging begins, ask hangers not to cover up mistakes such as warped wall studs that make a wall surface uneven.  They should alert you if they find an area that won’t hang properly.  Fix it, don’t cover it up.

● Drywall boards are prone to “nail-pop.”  This is an unsightly protrusion of a nail head as it loses its grip in the wall stud.

It’s ok to use a few nails to tack the board in place as it is being hung, but the primary grip of drywall to stud should come by drywall screw, which has much better holding power than a nail.

Ask your drywall contractor in advance about his use of screws.

● As soon as hanging is complete and the floor is cleaned of scrap board and swept, walk the entire house, noting the floor markings you made which indicate locations of wall switches, plugs, light fixture mountings, wires, vents, etc, which require holes to be cut in the board.  (Don’t forget the ceiling).  If you find a mark with no corresponding opening in the wall or ceiling, you can bet the hangers missed one.  Have them find and uncover the missing item promptly.

● Later, after your walls and ceiling have a prime coat of paint, call your drywall contractor to come for his touch up visit.  Blemishes and flaws will show up under paint that were invisible before.  Correction is easily done before the finish coat of paint.  Doing this is normal procedure in every drywall job.

● My building inspection office doesn’t require a drywall inspection and yours probably doesn’t either.  But make sure of that before beginning the job.

 

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