Drywall is made with a gypsum-based core and works very efficiently in the living room, dining room, and bedrooms, but not in those areas where moisture can come in contact with the drywall.
There is a specific type of drywall, often referred to as moisture resistant drywall or greenboard, designed for those areas that are prone to moisture.
Greenboard is typically installed in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements, but it is important to remember the product is only water resistant, not water-proof. Unlike paperless drywall, greenboard will not discourage mold growth.
Drywall installation and repair is time consuming and a messy process. So let A1 Handyman take care of all your drywall needs. Call (208) 995-6457 today and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled home repair contractors and we'll take it from there.
Installing Green Board Drywall
For small and medium sized projects, most installers use 4'x8' x ½" size sheets because they offer the best value in per-sheet price and easier to handle (each sheet weights over 50 lbs). Drywall can be nailed or screwed to wood or metal studs. When installing on ceilings, they can be glued up to keep it from sagging over time. Drywall panels are packaged in pairs to reduce the likelihood of damage in handling or the two-packs can be separated and sold individually.
Greenboard is installed in exactly the same way as standard wallpaper. Screw it to the wall with drywall screws, tape and plaster the seams, sand, primer, and then apply the desired texture or finish.
• Inspect and Measure the Space. If the project involves complicated cuts, consider creating a diagram to make the transfer of measurements directly to the drywall. For best results, have A1 Handyman complete the installation.
• Score the drywall according to the measurements. Once the board is scored, simply bend and snap it. That will leave it hanging by the bottom layer of paper. Use a sharp blade to make a clean cut through the paper layer. For complicated cuts, like holes for switches or vents, use a keyhole saw.
• Attach the board to the studs using cupped-head nails. Set the nails by sinking them just below the surface, making a slight dimple with the head of the hammer. To achieve a smooth finished look, fill these slight depressions with several coats of joint compound. Use a taping knife with a wide, flexible blade to sweep the compound over the nail hole. This process covers the nail head, which should be just below the surface of the wallboard.
• Tape the seams with joint compound, making sure to spread a thin layer about two inches wide on either side of the seam. Next, place a strip of drywall tape centered over the seam and use a stiff blade to set the tape firmly into the mud. With each new coat, use a wider blade to sweep a thin surface of mud across the surface.
• Apply drywall compound to corners with a special 90-degree drywall tool, which is available at most home improvement centers. This tool is designed to smooth drywall compound over the tape with one motion.
• Apply more coats of drywall compound to the taped areas as needed and fill in any indents left from your nails. As each coat dries, sand and repeat the process until smooth. Once the drywall has set and dried, you’re ready to apply drywall primer and paint.
Of course the best way to get your walls and ceilings looking great is to hire a professional drywall installer from A1 Handyman. Call (208) 995-6457 and schedule service today. Our drywall and painting specialists have the experience and customer service you want on your project. From patching small holes and cracks to new installations, we have the experience and a great team to complete any project.