What are these droops in the drywall?


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Homeowners always seriously overfasten drywall. 5" spacing on the butt joints is fine, but not necessary at the corners. Four or five nails or screws on a four foot corner joint is plenty. If you glue the field, you don't have to nail it (the field) at all, which is the point of gluing. Less nails make for a smoother, cleaner, faster hanging job, and a smoother, cleaner faster finishing job.


Interesting. In the '60s the standard drywall nail was a #4 fruit box nail. I've demolished lots of old '60s era sheetrock out, and the old fruit box nails were still holding fine and tight with no popped nails on the sheet.

In the '70s when I started hanging, cupped head nails specially for drywall were being used. A properly dimpled cupped head nail holds very well, especially if driven in pairs, like they should be.

Fast forward to today. The cupped head nails are still available, and the head...

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Re: Drywall Sagging On 24" O.c.


It's obviously an insulation problem that the insulators should have known not to do if they are professionals. If your looking for who's responsible for the problem, I would start there. Unless they were instructed by you to do it that way but even still, if a contractor or HO asks me to do something that is going to ruin another aspect of the job, I would feel ultimately responsible since it is my trade, and by negelct or ignorance I didn't warn you and refuse.

Now if your trying to figure out how to fix it, there is no cheap fix.
The best fix, IMO, is to hang another layer of rock over the top and refinish it. Or, if your finisher is skilled enough he could fill all the concaves in with mud and repaint. Either way it sounds like a mess. But in no way is your finisher...

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What happens when drywall gets wet?

If you recently experienced flooding or other water damage in Sioux Falls, you might be concerned about your drywall — and rightfully so. Wet drywall can be dangerous.

Avoid the horrors of house mold in Sioux Falls by learning what to do if (God forbid) your drywall gets wet.

What Happens when Drywall Gets Wet

While drywall is generally pretty sturdy, it can lose its structural integrity if it’s exposed to water damage for too long.

When wet, drywall becomes soft and weak. Depending on the extent of the drywall damage and the weight of the water, the drywall panels can actually tear away from their fasteners and crash to the floor — causing you to lose your entire wall or ceiling.

Typically, though, you can take care of wet drywall before such a catastrophe occurs. You’ll want to act fast to make sure you’re not dealing with mold removal in Sioux Falls next!

What to Do with Wet Drywall...

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2. Plan Ahead – It’s Just Drywall- What’s To Plan For?

As a drywall contractor I often get a call about starting a drywall job that is ready now and the customer is hoping I can start work next week. Well, even if I had time to do the job there is a lot of planning ahead needed before I can start. First I measure each ceiling and wall to tally up the lengths needed. Drywall is available in panels up to 16-ft long. For an 8-ft 6-inch ceiling to a 9-ft ceiling I may want to order 54-inch high drywall to span the height with only one horizontal seam. Before I start figuring lengths and widths of panels needed I should check for access. Can I get a large truck close enough to the structure? Because larger deliveries are usually boomed in you need to check for power lines, tree limbs, as well as freshly dug ditches. Hopefully the contractor has thought about booming in upper story deliveries. If an installed window opening is too small then maybe the rough opening...

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Water damage can occur in a home at any time. In fact, most homes will have some sort of water damage done to them each year. While most of this water damage may not cause a problem there are times when water damage can wreck havoc on a home. One of the problems that it causes is damage to drywall which is typically installed on ceilings and walls. Although some water may not damage the drywall it’s important to be able to tell if your drywall is damaged too much by water. I wrote this article to help home owners realize just what happens when drywall gets wet in their homes.

What Happens When Drywall Gets Wet?

First of all, don’t worry if your drywall is wet. All may not be lost and thinking it’s worst case scenario may have you spending money on repairs that are not needed. There are times however when the drywall is damaged beyond repair and you’ll need a home restoration company to come in and repair any damage and remove the moisture from the home. Failing to...

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Possibly one thing, possibly two going on:

1) On the bathroom upstairs, if this is cracking right in the corner at an interior wall, especially if your attic has any kind of truss support - intermediate vertical or angle bracing between the rafters (beams that hold the roof up) and joists (the floor beams in the attic), then that issue could be truss uplift - read the prior commentary on that. I would just caulk with paintable latex caulk then paint over so mold can't grow on the caulk - might have to recaulk every few years. Keep up with it and don't let the crack stay open, because any crack in bathroom drywall lets moisture into the walls and ceiling and attic.

2) What your picture shows certainly seems to be what WowHomeSolutions talked about - looks like the drywall tape is coming loose, probably due to moisture being absorbed in the paper tape and softening the drywall compound, which will soften and turn back to soft compound when wetted.

If you are...

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Subject: 5/8" sheetrock on ceilings, 9 foot walls

Mike I just found your WEB site. It is great wish I had found it sooner. After my father died, my mother rented out his retirement home. After a fire, I have completely gutted the house. I have put up about half the ceilings with Ѕ sheetrock before I found your site. Now I read I should have used 5/8 sheetrock on the 24 inch ceiling joist to keep it from becoming wavy. Before the fire some rooms were wavy, we just thought it was hung wrong. Is there anything I can do to prevent it from getting wavy over time or is it a case of either tear it down or can I put a second layer of 5/8 over it now, or just live with the fact it will become wavy (hot, high humid area)? Also does it matter if the walls are hung vertically or horizontal. It has 9 foot ceilings so 4 foot wide is going to require a long rip cut. This will be my retirement house in a few years so I want to do it right....

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Drywall is a construction product commonly used to finish building interiors. For hundreds of years prior to its development, the interior walls of buildings were usually made of plaster. This was applied in layers over narrow boards called laths that were nailed directly to the studs. The plaster was pressed into gaps between the laths to make it adhere, and was built up in progressive layers. This building technique called for a fair degree of craftsmanship and experience, but allowed the builder to incorporate interesting textures or decorations as the plaster was worked.

In the mid-twentieth century, drywall, also called plasterboard, sheetrock or gypsum board, came into widespread use, and now almost all buildings have drywall walls. Drywall has a number of advantages over plaster, ease of installation being the most obvious. Any reasonably handy person can refinish a room with drywall, and you don't have to take any training or join a guild to learn how to do...

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What is Drywall?

Drywall is a panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between thick paper. It is used in the construction of interior walls and ceilings as a replacement for the traditional lath and plaster method. Other names for drywall panels are plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board, gyprock, and Sheetrock.

What is Sheetrock?

Sheetrock is a brand of drywall, though because of its popularity, the term has come to be used interchangeably with drywall. Sheetrock is also used as a replacement for lath and plaster in the construction of interior ceilings and walls, though some Sheetrock is weatherproofed for exterior ceilings.

Only the U.S. Gypsum Company may market their drywall as Sheetrock. However, other companies that make drywall are: National Gypsum Company, Titan Commercial Products, and Allied Manufacturing.


Drywall comes in several different types. Standard panels can come in 1/4-inch to 3/4-inch thickness....

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Drywall Nail Pops

Can anyone provide suggestions regarding nail pop repairs to drywall?

Make sure they are dimpled down some. Use a larger nail set to get the bit under the surface. Then drywall compound patches sand smooth, prime and paint. If the walls are already, painted just feather out both the primer and the paint and you will not even notice them. If this is in a brand new home that is still under one year old make sure you have the contractor come out on repair them, as it is his responsibility. Part of most new home warranties from the builder themselves.

Nail pops & cracks

My home is 12 years. Recently 1st floor shows nail pops and cracks mostly on vaulted ceiling, you can see where the studs are. Second floor has nail pops in every room in a straight line. What's happening????????

Seasonal variations of humid-dry-humid makes the nails creep out of the studs. Take a hammer and pound them back into the...

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Removing Water Stains From a Gypsum Board Ceiling

Gypsum board, which is also referred to as drywall, is a common ceiling material used for its durability and ease of installation. Water stains on gypsum board ceilings can be… Read More

How to Cover the Attic Hatch

A cover for an attic hatch can be as simple as a piece of drywall or as complex as a full door with a lock and seal. Many homeowners seek… Read More

A Bulge in the Ceiling

Bulges in ceilings are typically caused by either of two things: improper installation of the ceiling materials or water leaks. Not only are they unsightly, ceiling bulges can also pose… Read More

How to Fix a Cracked & Sagging Ceiling

A cracked or sagging plaster ceiling is not only unsightly but also poses a structural hazard unless immediately repaired. Ceiling cracks and droops occur for a variety of reasons, including… Read More

How to Fix a Rotting Ceiling

A rotting...

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The thumbpiece on the outside of a Baldwin exterior lock does not work at all; it simply droops, not activating the deadbolt. Once the 2 screws on the door jamb are removed and the inside door knob is taken off, how do you remove the rest of the lock from the door?

Hi Clarklorne, and welcome to the board. Sorry it took so long to answer your post, but it's christmas, and I wasn't online much today.

From what you describe, I am guessing you have a handle on the outside of the door? With a thumb piece that is pushed down to operate the lock? If so, and this may sound silly, but the bottom of the handle is secured to the door with a screw. There may be a cover over the screw hiding it, but it's there. This may be your problem.

Also, the inner knob usually mounts on a spindle. If so, has that been removed? It should simply pull out from the front. If it is difficult to remove, try spreying it with some WD-40 or some other similar...

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Aluminum and steel fences are famous for their long life expectancy. Under normal circumstances, well-maintained metal fencing can last 30 years or more. However, unusually harsh weather, heavy use, or shifting of the ground may cause unexpected damage. How can you repair common problems? When will replacing your fence be the best option?

Causes of Damage to Metal Fences

Natural movement of the soil could cause steel or aluminum fencing to shift position over the course of several years, resulting in sags and droops that not only look unattractive, but may also interfere with proper functioning.

Severe weather such as hurricanes, windstorms, or lightning can batter or uproot sections of your fence, especially one made from lightweight aluminum.

Impact from a vehicle, or a fallen tree or branch, is another source of damage. Aluminum may even be dented if it is bumped by humans or large animals.

Wear and tear is probably the most common cause of...

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Most car accidents cause injuries that need to be compensated. Compensation typically occurs in 1 of 2 ways. The victim may either accept an out-of-court settlement, or decide to pursue a civil lawsuit to be able to collect damages incurred.

The entire process may be lengthy and vigorous, particularly when the decision is made by one or both parties to not have an attorney involved. For that reason, it will always be smart to obtain knowledge on how such cases are conducted and solved, whether in or outside of the courtroom.

Understanding the Settlement Process

When some insurance company or defendant constitutes a settlement offer on the injured victim, it might result in an out-of-court settlement. This settlement could possibly be offered quickly before any lawsuit can arise. It is also made when a case has reached trial but no final judgment has been passed. Finally, other settlements tend to occur in the act of which a jury is deliberating and each party...

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Can this mantel be used on an outdoor fireplace?

Answer:Unfortunately, no. While this mantel is made of solid pine, it is not treated to withstand the elements. It is designed to be used indoors only.

I have a brick fireplace with built in corbels; bricks that protrude, ladder fashion, 3 sticking out with the top one protruding 6 1/2" on one side and 7" on the other. I am looking at the Shenandoah mantle shelf, which if I understand the chart correctly, will sit on these corbels protruding out 8". I'm thinking this would be a nice width out that overlaps just a little and still sit solidly on my brick corbels?

Answer:I agree with you. This would definitely be able to sit on the existing brick corbels, assuming they are relatively level with one another.

I am looking for a 48 inch mantel shelf. Can they be order thru your company?

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