If your home's interior walls need a facelift, you may have decided to place sheets of drywall over them instead of patching any damaged areas and/or stripping off the existing paint or wallpaper. However, before you start attaching the sheets to the wall, be aware of a couple of mistakes that you should avoid when attempting to hang drywall in your home.
1. Neglecting to Find the Studs First
One mistake that you need to avoid making when hanging drywall is neglecting to locate the studs behind the existing wall. If you simply start nailing or screwing through the new drywall without thinking about the studs, the new wall coverings will not be anchored as well.
When you start attaching the drywall without thought to the studs, it will only be attached to the weak walls beneath it. The anchors will not have anything strong to grab onto, and the new drywall has a greater chance of falling off in the near future.
The drywall needs to be anchored to the studs. If you do not know precisely where they are located, you can use an electronic stud finder that will beep when one is found. If you do not have this piece of equipment, knock on the wall until it no longer sounds hollow to give you an idea of where the studs are located.
2. Using the Wrong Anchors for the Drywall
Even after you do find the studs, you also need to be careful with what you use as anchors for the drywall. If you decide that you do not want to have large nail or screw heads sticking out that you need to cover, you may be tempted to use drywall finishing nails.
However, finishing nails are not meant to hold the drywall sheets in place but only to hang something on the finished walls. They will fall out easily because they are too narrow and weak to hold the weight.
When attaching the drywall, use nails or screws specifically designed for the job. Then, cover the heads with drywall mud and sand it to a smooth finish.
Taking steps to make sure that the drywall is securely anchored in the studs can help not only make the task easier, but it can also ensure that the sheets stay up longer. However, if you are having problems or run into issues that are out of your skillset, consider contacting a home improvement contractor to do the job for you.