The Artistry of Mudding and Sanding Drywall

For those that have their drywall all figured out, measured, and hung up, the next step in completing your new wall is mudding the cracks and corners, and sanding it out for a smooth finish.

When you are preparing to start mudding your drywall, you will want to make sure, first and foremost, that you have the steady hand to do it. To make it come out smooth will require a little bit of an artistic technique. If you are confident in your abilities to make it look great, then the next thing on the list are the materials.

Mudding and Sanding Drywall
Mudding and Sanding Drywall

Go to your local hardware store and pick out the joint compound. When you return with it, apply the joint compound around all of the corners of your drywall. Start with the ceiling and work your way down. Follow up all of your compound applications with a fiberglass tape over the top of them. Let that sit overnight.

While you are waiting on the compound to dry, go ahead and apply mud over all of the dimples in your drywall made from nails and screws. It often won’t take a lot of mud to patch these uneven dips in your drywall. Also, apply mud over the tape. If you take your time to smooth the mud out a little with a knife, you won’t have to sand the completed product as much after it is done drying.

The mud and compound can harden quickly. So, if they are spilled on something, take some time after finishing everything to clean it off as soon as possible. It is a lot harder to clean off after it dries. It will take two more coats of mud to go over your wall. The next coat of mud you apply should completely cover all of your tape. It is easiest to start with the ceiling and work your way down. This time, you will want to apply a generous amount of mud, at least two inches thick.

The final coat that you apply will need to be the one that you handle with the most care. This coat will need to be sanded and delicately smoothed it out for the best looking finish.

Preparation to Installing Your Own Drywall

If you are interested in installing your own drywall, or hanging it, as it is often put by professionals, there are many things that you will need to take into consideration before attempting to do everything yourself. The first thing you will need to be aware of is that you will likely need help.

Although it is a do-it-yourself project, a little help will likely be required for lifting heavy materials. If you are strong enough to handle that task on your own without any previous knowledge, you may still need someone experienced to offer advice and tips, as well as survey what you do.

Installing Your Own Drywall
Installing Your Own Drywall

You will want to ensure that everything is set up appropriately, so before you can begin, you need to measure your walls and order your materials accordingly. Also, take into account the room you are remodeling. Your average bedroom will likely not require any special treatment. However, if you are looking to hang drywall in a bathroom, you are going to want something along the lines of Greenboard. Greenboard will provide the wall with much needed moisture resistance as bathrooms can become steamy and spawn mold.

If you are hanging the drywall around an area where you want to put ceramic tiles up, it will be necessary to use concrete board so that it will be sturdy enough to handle. It is very important that you look into the requirements for the area you would like to hang drywall. Different areas will need different maintenance.

When you have everything decided as to what you want to do and what you will need for it, it is then time to look into your basic equipment for hanging drywall. Some of the basic tools you will need for this include a hammer, a drill, a carpenter’s knife, and a drywall saw.

If you have to do it completely on your own, then you may want to invest in a drywall lift. It is carried by plenty of hardware stores, and it can usually be rented for the time it will take for you to complete your project. It is not a necessity, but it will help out a lot for the person who has to hang drywall alone.

Waterproofing Your Basement

The basement is usually a forgotten part of the home for most people. They will typically use it for storage purposes only, and because of this, most people tend to not venture down into their basements all too often. This makes it easy for your basement to spring undetected leaks that can cause mold and water damage.

Now to help prevent this problem before it even starts, you are going to want to take the necessary measures to waterproofing your home. Some people may find it easier to simply call a professional to come in and take a look at things, but for those who can’t afford to call a professional, or perhaps just don’t want someone snooping around their home, there is a DIY solution.

Waterproofing Your Basement
Waterproofing Your Basement

The first of the methods that you can use to secure your basement is known as the SquidGee Dry. The SquidGee Dry is not so much a preventative to your basement retaining water, but more like something that will prevent water damage and mold. Water that leaks into the basement through walls, or just the floor, is collected into the area where the floor and the wall meet. This area is also known as the cold joint. Seal this joint so that the water will then leak into the floor. When this happens, set up the SquidGee Dry so that it will suck all of the water up out of the floor.

Another method involves a regular Basement Dry. It works the same as the SquidGee Dry, by acting as a little tube that will detect water and suck it out of your floor. You just drill in a little hole, put the Basement Dry into place, and then let it work its magic.

If you want to go with one of the most effective waterproofing methods, you will want to look into waterproofing your basement with crystalline. This is the method that is used most often and works very well. The crystalline mixture is a powdery substance at first. When you get it, you mix it with water and apply it to any cracks and leaks in your basement. Over time, the crystals will expand to fit the cracks and will eventually seal them all.