For 10-year veteran remodeler and drywaller Billy Spencer of Milwaukee based Spencer Renovation & Construction, one of the best tips for finishing drywall right is knowing how to order and size the panels. Check out the rest of SRC tips for finishing drywall like a Pro.
The pattern and layout is a very important step toward making sure the quality of having a quality drywall finish product. “I know where to use the following sizes, 8-, 10-, and 12-foot sheets so we minimize wasting materials and money,” he says.
Waste reduction on the job also can be a major factor contributing to a company’s profitability, says Spencer. “I’ve seen a lot of materials being wasted on jobsites,” he adds. “We try to keep waste down around 10 percent to 15 percent by ordering just what we need.” The proper way to finishing drywall techniques is when mudding and taping drywall is the final step and demands attention to detail. “We spend time on the detail work,” says Spencer. “I have an eye of detail and know what to expect from the crew.”
Here are the following tips to a successful drywall project:
When installing drywall panels, always run them horizontally on wall joists, positioning edges or ends over framing members or other solid backing. Drive fasteners below the surface without breaking the paper. Test by running a mudding knife over the boards. If you hear clicking, the fasteners need to be sunk deeper.The true test of skill comes after the drywall panels are hung. Follow these best practices in finishing drywall to be sure the walls are smooth and paint-ready.