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Drywall that was invented by Gypsum Co. and then trademarked by the name Sheetrock is constructed out of a gypsum plaster that is pressed between two sheets of thick paper. This type of wall is a durable and easy alternative when compared to the older versions of plaster walls, but are prone to damage, particularly from moisture.

Water leaks of any type typically cause drywall to disintegrate or rot. When it comes to replacing a drywall you can choose to replace the entire 4 X 8 foot sheets, cut out the damaged sections and replace them, or call water damage specialists such as Columbia Restoration Pros in South Carolina. The installation process of a replacement drywall can be compared to hanging a new type of material.

Step One Assess The Damages

The first step is to determine the damages and then decide on the amount of drywall you would like to replace. You can remove the damaged sections by pulling out the sheets using a pry-bar or a utility knife that features a straight edge in order to slice out the damaged pieces. Make sure that the cuts you make are in the middle of your wall studs. You can remove the installation screws using a screw-gun or pull off the damaged drywall and proceed to remove the nails or screws in the drywall.

Step Two

Now is the time to repair leaks that have caused the drywall to disintegrate. Now allow the wall framing to dry out completely and take out any fasteners or debris to ensure framing and wall studs are returned to their original condition.

Step Three

This step involves replacing a full panel if you removed an entire panel. Install the panel in a vertical or horizontal position, in the same direction as the original panels were first laid. Now fasten your drywall to the studs using the right drywall screws preferably with a screw-gun. You should space the screws about 12 -18 inches apart.

Step Four

Cut out panels as required to fit around openings, doors or windows using a drywall-saw or your utility knife. Replace any of the damaged portions you cut out by making sure you cut the replacement panels exactly the same-size.

Step Five

Tape the seams on your replacement whether you conducted a partial or full sheet replacement. This involves spreading joint compound on and over the seams using a drywall knife and push tape into this compound with your knife. Follow this by using a second layer of the compound. Now let your compound dry before sanding it smooth, before applying another layer of the compound utilizing a wide knife.

Items you will need to complete your project:

•A sturdy utility knife
•Pry bar
•Drywall screws
•Long straightedge knife
•Screw gun
•Good quality joint tape
•Drywall saw
•Drywall knives: one 5 inch and one larger and wider
•Drywall compound

If you prefer you can make use of “pre-pasted plastic” joint tape. This tape can be stuck on either side of your joint, and will cover your compound like the paper tape.


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