Archive | March, 2013

Drywall materials

21 Mar

If you are doing new construction and money isn’t a factor in your budget, use 5/8 fire rated drywall everywhere you can.  It slows down the spread of fire dramatically, gives more of a sound barrier, not to mention extra insulation.  Regular 1/2 inch drywall is fine if you are trying to save money, but green board (moisture resistant drywall) should be used in bathrooms or any areas moisture exists.

As far as mud goes, when taping use the green lid or any powder mud that you have to mix by hand, and I use the same stuff for my second coat, but it doesn’t sand well so don’t load it up on the wall.  Try to use a little as possible, the trick is to not have to sand until the end.  The third coat should be topping, because it sands very easily, which allows you to make it look like you know what you are doing even if you don’t. 

Drywall is the job of an illusionist, which takes lots of practice to come away with a truly professional look.  It is also very messy, which is another reason to hire it out even if you have the skills to pull it off.  $70 a sheet is the going rate for walls, $100 for ceilings, smaller jobs are more, and you get what you pay for so just keep that in mind when getting bids.  Nobody is getting rich off these prices, and we earn our money, because it is tough on the body!

Joe Taulbee

Good Guy Home Improvements LLC