Drywall is commonly used in carpentry because it’s an inexpensive and easily installed building material. However, it can also become easily damaged, so it’s important to take care when installing the material. Even after it has been properly installed, the damage listed here can lead to quicker wear and tear.
4 Carpentry Concerns for Protecting Drywall
1. Popped Out Nails
Occasionally, you might see a spot where a nail has popped out of the drywall. While you might be inclined to grab a hammer and pound the nail back into place, this can damage the drywall. Instead, look for the nearest stud, or get a carpentry professional to help you find it. By hammering the nail into a stud properly, you’ll avoid causing more damage, and you can more effectively repair the wall.
2. Furniture Damage
This kind of wear and tear can be mild or more severe, so you won’t always need a carpenter to help you repair the damage. To prevent it, be sure furniture is always several inches away from the wall. This will keep end tables and sofa backs from rubbing against the surface. For scuff marks, a damp cloth will be enough to wash away the marks. For actual damage, a joint compound can help you seal the hole.
3. Water Damage
Often, drywall can be damaged from the inside of the wall, especially where plumbing pipes are running through the area. If you notice that the wall is bulged, or bowed, you may want to ask your handyman to tear open the wall and look at the plumbing. If there is a problem, that issue will have to be resolved before the drywall can be repaired or replaced.
4. Wall Cracking
A crack in your drywall may not seem like a serious issue, but it’s sometimes a sign of bigger problems. In some cases, the drywall has been incorrectly installed, requiring a professional to come in and reinstall new drywall sheets.
If you have had drywall replaced and it continues to crack, this can indicate a problem with the roofing. As the house settles, this can cause the structure to shift and create more pressure on the walls. This type of problem represents a safety issue, so getting it repaired should not be delayed.
When you need carpentry services, skill and experience are important factors to consider. LaPlace and Eagan LLC has been servicing homes and businesses throughout the Middlesex, CT, area since 1910, and the owner of the business belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and the Building and Trades Association. To learn more about the services they offer, visit their website. To speak directly with a representative, call (860) 526-5429.