In Episode 4 of “Ask Danny,” I discuss to my longtime pal and drywall skilled Mark Rutherford — “The Drywall Guru.”
About Mark Rutherford
Mark Rutherford has labored with drywall on new building and renovation initiatives for 40 years.
I first met Mark in 2007 whereas engaged on including a sport room to an episode of At the moment’s House owner TV.
He at present lives in southwest Pennsylvania.
Drywall Nail Pops
Why do spikes pop, and what’s one of the best ways to repair them?
Signal: Nail popping happens when a nail or screw slips underneath the drywall and creates a bulge or “pop” within the wall.
They normally happen with new building throughout the first yr. That is as a result of every part dries up and settles down—the home actually does “discover itself.” I at all times say it is like a residing particular person.
The looks of nails is widespread round stairs as a result of frequent stepping motions that loosen the nails.
To repair a nail, first faucet it with a hammer. If it feels springy, it means the installer skipped a stud. Pull it out, and push the drywall screw into the stud or block close to the outlet, with the screw head slightly below the floor.
If you cannot take away the free nail, faucet one other drywall nail proper subsequent to it in order that the pinnacle of the nail catches the nail. This prevents the nail from popping out once more.
If the screw causes pops, use a screwdriver to push it deeper in order that it’s flush with the wall floor.
As soon as the nails or screws are underneath the drywall floor, use the again of the drywall knife to flush the drywall paper with the floor, after which cowl it with a layer of drywall mud.
Enable the mud to dry for twenty-four hours, then apply one other coat. As soon as the second coat has dried, sand it down and use a store vacuum when you work to hoover.
Tip: Hold the nail restore space as small as doable — the much less mud you utilize, the much less sanding you will have to do.
Methods to repair drywall wrinkles?
Signal: Water harm is the most typical reason behind drywall wrinkling, however improper set up may trigger it. In some instances, the installer did not go away sufficient mud or did not use it the place it was.
For giant drywall wrinkles, take away the tape to patch and restore. Lay down the mesh tape and apply a brand new coat of drywall mud.
For slight creases, use the nook of a drywall knife to take away any free tape and apply a skinny layer of all-purpose mud underneath the tape. Clean out the tape and place a skinny layer of drywall mud over the sting of the tape.
For the popcorn ceiling, use the identical method, however watch out to not spoil the feel.
If the cracks are important or the ceiling is older, the popcorn ceiling texture will come off. On this case, you’ll have to apply a sprayed layer of acoustic texture.
You should purchase this ingredient in a can, however it may be tough to use. Observe the directions and observe on a chunk of cardboard first.
If you cannot match the feel, name knowledgeable.
What are some suggestions for minimizing mud when sanding drywall?
Signal: To reduce the mess when sanding drywall, I principally constructed an oxygen tent.
Utilizing 2-inch vast tape, I wrapped the world in plastic. I began pinning it to the ceiling, then lowered it to the wall and onto the ground. All the pieces is related.
Then, I made a door beneath to crawl in. After I completed sanding, I let the mud settle, cleaned myself up and crawled out the door.
All the time flip off your HVAC system when sanding drywall. When the vent is on, plastic and mud will scatter, and mud will enter your system.
Final however not least, at all times put on a superb masks if you end up sanding.
Some jobs you need not assume twice about turning down.
As soon as, a builder approached Mark at a piece website and requested him to have a look at different homes within the subdivision.
Not a giant deal, proper? Nicely, flawed. The entire home is hung with scraps of used drywall. Because it turned out, the home-owner had collected drywall from the trash within the subdivision to construct the home. It does not matter if the drywall is angular or slanted, and even moist and broken.
“After I walked into the home, it seemed like a 2,000-piece puzzle,” says Mark.
The most important piece of drywall in the home might be about 2×4 toes, and in locations, there are gaps as vast as an inch in locations.
“That was an enormous refusal from me,” mentioned Mark.
Mark’s Drywall Suggestions
- If you’re working close to cupboards or baseboards, put some duct tape/plastic to guard the world.
- Ensure you are utilizing the proper drywall mud. Go along with the inexperienced lid or the black lid bucket. Use all-purpose mud and browse the bucket. One kind of mud could also be good for coating however not for bonding.
- Be affected person and do it progressively. Enable the mud to dry after which add an extra layer.
- Should you’re fascinated about transforming your house, strive hanging drywall your self. You do not know what you possibly can’t do till you strive.
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