Walls

INSTALLING MOISTURE RESISTANT DRYWALL

Similar to how certain paints and tiles should be used in different areas of your home, there are various types of drywall that work best in specific locations. Your typical drywall, made with a gypsum-based core, works very efficiently in your living room, dining room, and bedrooms – but what about those areas where moisture can come in contact with the drywall? There is a specific type of drywall designed for these types of areas, and it’s commonly referred to by drywall contractors as “green board.”

NOTE: Green board is water resistant – it is not water-proof. Green board is highly efficient in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture is frequently in the air, but it is not the drywall that should be set behind tile in your shower surround or any other areas where it can come in direct contact with water. There are a few different options for drywall that will come in contact with water, including cement board. For your specific situation, find your local Mr. Handyman, and he can assist in acquiring the appropriate materials.

INSTALLING GREEN BOARD DRYWALL

When you’re repairing drywall or using green board to install a new wall, you’ll do it very similarly to how you would regular drywall:

  • Analyze and measure the area you would like to add drywall to.

  • Score your drywall according to the measurements you took. Once the drywall is scored, bend the board and use a utility knife to make a clean cut on the top layer of green paper.

  • Attach the drywall to your framing by attaching drywall screws or nails where the framing meets the drywall.

  • Use one solid layer of tape (extending from top to bottom) to cover the seam between the pieces of drywall across the walls and in the wall corners.

  • Apply mud to the taped areas and fill in the indents left from your screws with this same material – once this has set and dried, you’re ready to apply primer and paint.

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