Common Mistakes When Hanging Drywall

These tips may help you avoid the most common mistakes people make when hanging drywall.






Hanging drywall is one of the more complicated parts of building or renovating a structure. Getting it installed just right so that the paint can be smoothly applied is challenging and is more of an art than a construction job. If you’ve never installed drywall before, be ready to make some errors, but these tips from the experts at Bernardi Building Supply may help you avoid the most common mistakes people make when hanging drywall.


Joints Are Too Tight

While you want your sheets of drywall to be installed snugly at the seams, you don’t want them to be too tight because if there isn’t room at the seams for the expansion and contraction of the framing members, the drywall will crack and break. Expansion and contraction occur seasonally, so it may not be something you notice right away, which means you’ll probably have everything done when you see your first crack.

To prevent your drywall from cracking and breaking, keep a 1/8-inch gap between the sheets of drywall at the seams. Be sure you use a measuring tape or ruler to ensure all your drywall is installed at evenly spaced intervals throughout the room or house.


Screws Are Too Deep

The soft surface of drywall makes it really easy for the screws to be driven too deep. When this happens, you have divots across the surface that you’ll have to fill before you can paint the walls. Not only that, but driving the screws too deep weakens the screws’ holding power. The last thing you want is for your drywall to not be strongly screwed to the studs.

When hanging drywall, the screws should only be driven about a quarter- or half-turn beyond the surface of the drywall paper. To make sure you don’t go past that point, use a drill that includes a clutch that allows you to set the depth it will drive. That way, you don’t have to worry about the screws going too deeply and all screws will be a uniform depth.


Drywall is Secured Before it is Trimmed

When you have to trim your drywall around outlets and other objects in the walls, be sure you trim it before you secure it to the studs. While you can place a few screws into the drywall to hold it in place, make sure those screws are a few feet away from where you’re trimming. Otherwise, the drywall will crack or break where you’re trimming.

Once the drywall is trimmed appropriately around the outlet or other object, you can then secure the drywall firmly to the studs. It’s quite common for the drywall to not quite fit your cut openings once you get it hung, so be prepared to do some trimming. Just be sure to follow this tip to prevent the drywall from cracking.



It seems like drywall wouldn’t be too difficult to install. After all, it’s not what you see when the walls are finished. But, it lays the foundation and if the foundation is bad, the rest of the project won’t go well either. These tips should help you make sure your foundation is solid and smooth so that the rest of your project will be, too.





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