Drywall is another common material that is used in home repair and improvements. Drywall comes in different sizes starting from 4′ x 8′ lengths, then 4′ x 10′ lengths and even larger drywall also comes in different thicknesses. 3/8 and half-inch and 5/8. Generally most common drywall is half-inch.

You can buy green drywall for damp places like showers bathrooms cold rooms etc.

You can also buy a sound deadening drywall to prevent sound from going through.

You can buy fire resistant drywall to the aid against fire.

The way drywall is made, it has a relieved edge, so when you put two pieces of drywall together side-by-side you will have approximately a little over an inch of depressed drywall little thinner than the rest of it so when you put Drywall Quote on there and apply tape over the joint you won’t have a hump in the drywall this depression allows you to smooth sand it flush.

Taping drywall

I usually tape all the drywall connections first with the fiberglass mesh tape, the mesh tape has a self-adhesive so it will stick to the drywall. Now that you have the whole wall or room taped with the mash, the next thing is to cover all the tape mesh with drywall mud. When the mud has dried, you can sand the high spots and the rough spots off or out and we apply another coat of mud (known as plaster). When the second coat is dry again you might have to do a little sanding and with a finishing trowel pass a wider and thinner coat of plaster over it. This should give you a nice smooth joint with little sanding. Quick note; don’t sand these joints to the point where you are creating a depression at the joint, sand with the head of the sanding pole perpendicular to the joint.

Priming drywall

After sanding the drywall you can roll and good quality latex primer over the bare drywall. Since the primer soaks into the drywall quickly it causes the primer to dry quickly leaving any imperfections on the drywall, so be careful in rolling your drywall primer not to leave heavy lines from the edges of the roller. The best way to do this is get about a medium pile roller and roll evenly with applying equal pressure on both sides of the roller not to push too hard on either edge. After you rolled a couple of feet forward then roll the same couple feet backward to even everything out and make sure that all the drywall is covered with primer.

Once the primer has dried, you can now sand the drywall to make it smooth and not gritty.

Inspect drywall

Now you can inspect the drywall for imperfections in your plaster work. If there’s any edges or dents in your plaster work this is where you can find them. Once corrected you can re-prime the spots and you’re ready to paint.