Once drywall has been installed and finished, it should last for a long time with little maintenance involved except for an occasional painting or washing. If any patching is required, usually fiberglass tape and spackle will take care of the repair. Usually, drywallers blend any patches with the existing wall by spackling about 10 inches outside a hole, then feathering the edges. That’s where the artistry of drywall comes into play.
Currently, most interior walls in the U.S. are constructed with 4” to 6” studs that are covered with sheetrock. The seams of the sheetrock or gypsum board are taped and finished with a joint compound and the ceiling and wall may be texturized with a joint compound using one of various techniques. All drywall is ultimately finished with an application of primer and paint.
The basic rule about drywall thicknesses is that an interior wall should use drywall that is ½” thick. However, in some states, drywall installers have to use drywall that is three-fourths inches thick, particularly if it is used between an attached garage and the home – installed as such to meet the fire rating requirements. Drywall installers and experts often recommend 5/8” boards for ceiling installation designs.
The “all-purpose” mud or spackle that is normally used is a heavy-weight substance when compared to the thinner “topping” drywall. The topping is used for final finishings or for seam or screw hole drywalling. Regardless of the type of spackle used, it usually needs a bit of thinning with water.
Drywall taping and sanding requires the use of a fiberglass tape that is normally self-adhesive, which can be thin or thick. However, some traditionalists in the drywall trade still rely on paper tape for manual taping. For drywall installers who are more innovative, a machine can be used that applies both tape and mud at the same time. Regardless of the method employed, a drywall installation or drywall taping and sanding takes perseverance along with patience and skill.
Drywall installers Drywall Services Toronto use one of various broad knives for finishing purposes. Joint or taping knives are available in 6” sizes for spackling over screw holes, a 10” size for coating corners and seams and a 12” width for applying a final coat. Drywallers insist that the key to finishing any panel with perfection is to make sure the knife stays flexible.
In order to understand how drywall is installed, you need to look at the basic structure of the wall. A bottom plate (about 2” x 4” or 2” x 6”) runs along the bottom part of the wall and a top plate of the same size runs across the top of the wall. If the house that is being drywalled was constructed in the past 30 years, it is likely that the studs are spaced 16” from the center of each stud to the next. Studs, in older homes, can be as much as 2 feet apart.
All the above details are common knowledge to experienced drywall installers. If your business or residence is in need of drywall installation and repair, drywall taping and sanding, or plastering and soundproofing services, contact our drywall company at 6478660201. We are a drywall contractor Toronto based firm that understands all the ins and outs of the drywall trade. Visit our company site online as well at drywalltaping.ca Drywall Contractor Toronto for further details and information.