Where and When to Install Moisture and Mold Resistant Drywall

11. February 2013 23:00 by 1800 Drywall in Tips & Advice  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Where and When to Install Moisture and Mold Resistant Drywall

Just about the only other organism that loves paper just as much as we do is mold. When you put up your drywall and get water on it, it's like building a condominium and giving out free food for life – the area will get populated. The best way to stop creating prime real estate for mold is to ensure you have the proper type of drywall in your home.

The Case for Your Space

Drywall comes in a variety of different forms. Most people are familiar with Gypsum-board, which is not waterproof and provides no resistance to the outside elements. If you are concerned about moisture or mold, you will need to invest in moisture and mold resistance drywall, so you can keep the outside, outside.

If you're thinking about getting drywall and aren't sure whether or not you need moisture resistant or regular, think about whether or not you are in a space that can easily leak moisture or not.

Green or Gray?

Basements are a common culprit of moisture and mold sweating. The same way that you see moisture build up on the outside of a glass, the temperature outside has the potential to create moisture or mold on the inside of your home. This is a classic case of somewhere you would want to get some resistant drywall.

Most of us love a hot shower on a cold day. The longer that heat remains on, the more moisture is created that can seep into walls in your home. Your bathroom can be a hotbed for moisture; thus, a great breeding ground for mold. Using moisture resistant drywall can be used as a preventative measure against the build-up of mold in your home. Of course, there are situations in the bathroom that drywall could make worse, such as putting water resistant drywall behind ceramic tiles.

Do you have a finished attic? Your roof is exposed to the elements every day of the year, and this means that there is a good chance there will be damage to it at some point. With your attic just below, it might be a good idea to use the drywall that will protect whatever you've put in your attic.

Should you have regular drywall in your home and encounter moisture or mold issue, when replacing the drywall, it is probably best to replace it with drywall that can prevent this problem in the future.

Drywall in Paint Form?

There may be those of us out there who believe that if they simply put enough paint over the drywall, it will act as a sealant and prevent them from having to invest in resistant drywall. The truth is: if any moisture or mold seeps through the paint, you've just wasted a boat-load of paint and drywall, and you'll now have to pay for more drywall – hopefully, the right stuff this time.

Knowing which drywall to use at which time can save you money, and I mean thousands of dollars in preventable repairs. It's worth it spending the extra few bucks and getting yourself the right stuff.

Tips for Running Perfect Angles

29. November 2012 00:05 by 1800 Drywall in Tips & Advice  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (1)

Drywall professionals end up refining their trade into an art and running angles is one of the jobs that differ between many individuals in the trade. One of the most common issues that require troubleshooting is running angles that are too heavy. Over the years, there have been a number of tips to run perfect angles.  We’re not installers, but for all the right materials visit our Products Page.

The Top Ten Tips for Running Angles

  1. When using mechanical angle heads, check the side blades. The side blades should always look even and level. If the blades are sloping down toward the nose cone, this could cause running angles that are too heavy.
  2. One of the simplest solutions to avoiding heavy running angles is a runny mix. Try thickening the cement mix before looking into alternative tool options and other troubleshooting methods.
  3. However, if the mud-mix is too heavy this could cause technique to be thrown off due to pushing too hard. This also causes heavy running angles. Drywall pros should experiment with their mixtures until they have discovered the perfect consistency that works for their tools, technique and individual preferences.
  4. Many professionals have discovered that the problem has been in the way that they handle their tools. The pressure should be centered when running angles and pressure that is off to one side or the other could significantly impact the overall finished product. For example, too much pressure to one side will leave one side light and the other heavy.
  5. Sometimes using a smaller angle head to finish the job does the trick. If you are using a 3 or3.5” head, change the size to 2” or so to finish. A larger angle head is harder to push with and could be causing heavy angles.
  6. Check framing. Bad framing could be the source of heavy angles. Keep the box in the angle.
  7. One tip that has worked for many drywall professionals is to coat in one or two passes, then skim the edges with a knife. After the mixture sets, adjust out the mechanical heads for the best results.
  8. In some cases, even industry veterans worry that a thin mixture will get on the floor and become messy. The mix is easily cleaned and if having a thinner mixture refines technique, mixing thinner could be worth considering for an overall cleaner presentation and reducing the thickness of the angles.
  9. Taping with a zooka, rolling and flushing with a 2.5” head has worked, in combination with skimming angles by hand, with a thinner mixture.
  10. When applying with a tube, application may not be even and this will affect the finished result, when it is not caught by rolling or flushing.

These are ten tips that have assisted drywall professionals with perfecting their angles. There should also be a mention of getting well acquainted with new tools and practicing with any new equipment before it is used in a professional environment. In many cases, new tools need to be “broken in” by the owner for the best results.

More Drywall Tips:

Before any project, make sure you will go through our drywall insulation tips and get to know the best drywall tips and techniques. For a professional looking finished product, please reference our tips to properly plan the job, including materials needed, application methods and tools needed for the job.

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