Frequently asked questions

General Questions

How long have you been in the business?


Everything Drywall was established in 2001. Over the past 18 years, our team grew to over 20 professionals who delivery quality construction to our customers.




Who will oversee my project?


Two people, the owner (Chad Fike), and the project manager (Bryan Lake), will ensure top level quality and consistency on each job.




Does somebody need to be home?


No. A simple hidden key or lock box works great.




Do I need a dumpster?


No. We can hual away debris for you.




Who do I contact if I have a question or problem?


Contact us via phone number or email if any question or problem arises.




What does a drywall contractor do?


Drywall contractors provide drywall installation and repair services to building contractors, residents, commercial building owners and others.





Drywall Installation

What is the difference between 1/2 inch drywall vs. 5/8 inch drywall?


This measurement refers to the thickness of the sheetrock. It is standard to use 5/8 inch drywall on ceilings to prevent sag and 1/2 inch drywall on walls.




What is Moisture Resistant drywall?


This type of board is usually purple and is typically used in bathrooms or places with frequent mositure to prevent mold or rot.




Is drywall hung horizontally or vertically?


We teach our employess to install the drywall horizontally. However, both options are practiced in the work force.




What are the advantages of drywall construction?


Drywall, or gypsum board, is beneficial for several reasons. It is fire-resistant, economical, versatile, durable, noise-mitigating, easily decorated and painted, easy to repair and replace, and much more!




What is drywall?


Drywall is a construction material made from thin panels of gypsum board. It is used to construct walls and ceilings in residential and commercial structures. Drywall is also called wallboard, gypsum board, and plasterboard. It is called “drywall” because water is not required to use it for wall and ceiling construction.




Where does gypsum come from?


Gypsum is found in naturally-occurring crystalline formations in sedimentary rock. To acquire it, gypsum must be mined. Millions of tons of gypsum are mined every year in North America, and most of it is to manufacture drywall products.




Does drywall have to end on a stud?


Yes. Drywall should begin and end on a stud. You should never have a piece of drywall overhanging a stud, or two pieces of drywall meeting in the open spaces between studs.




How many screws go into a 4x8 sheet of drywall?


In standard home construction, about 28 screws are needed to properly attach a 4-by-8-foot piece of drywall. That's if the panel is going on a wall. If it's going on a ceiling, it'll take about 36 screws.





Drywall Finishing

What's the difference between paper drywall tape and mesh tape?


Mesh drywall tape has a tacky backing, allowing it to be self-stuck to the wall. Paper tape needs to be embedded in a layer of joint compound. This means that mesh tape is easier for the average person to install on a flat length of wall. In general, paper drywall tape is slightly stronger and more versatile, but at the end of the day, this contest comes down to personal preference.




Why does drywall tape bubble?


A common reason for an air bubble to appear under drywall tape is improper installation. The bond between the drywall compound and the drywall tape is not adequate. You need to fix the air bubbles before finishing the joint, as ripples in the tape left unfixed would be evident after the wall is painted.




What causes drywall cracks?


Most drywall cracks occur on the seams, where two pieces of drywall meet. Usually the seams are invisible due to the use of drywall mud and tape. The mud fills in the seam, and the tape covers it up. Cracks form due to stress placed on the seams.




What is Drywall Joint Compound?


The main ingredient in joint compound, or mud, is gypsum, and it's the product that you use for taping and finishing drywall seams. You can also use it to patch holes, although it takes longer to dry and shrinks more than spackling paste.




Should I overlap drywall tape?


No. Applying a single layer of paper tape will help minimize any chance of ending up with a bulge in the finished wall.




Should I mix up drywall mud before using?


Yes. Drywall mud must be smooth and free from lumps before you begin taping. Even premixed mud (always a good idea) can benefit from a burst of machine mixing, as it may have settled in the container.




Should I prefill wide gaps and holes before taping?


Yes. Gaps 1/8 inch or wider between drywall panels can give a drywall installation an amateur appearance, but gaps aren't the end of the world. Just fill them up before you get to work taping! To prefill gaps, use an all-purpose compound.




What do I do if a nail head or screw is sticking out above the surface?


Gently tape the nail or take a screwdriver and tighten until the head is below the surface of the drywall. Then apply mud and wipe off.





Interior & Exterior Painting

Should I prime before painting?


A coat of primer may seem like an unnecessary expense, but when painting interior walls, it's almost always worth it. You should never omit primer when painting new drywall, and it's also a benefit over existing glossy or semi-gloss paints. Primer helps the paint adhere properly, skipping primer could result in peeling paint.




How many coats of paint are included in the quote?


We always apply two coats of paint, guaranteed. However, there are some cases where two coats are not needed and that would be discussed with the customer.




If a paint says it’s a paint and primer all-in-one, does that mean primer is mixed in with the paint?


These types of paints don’t actually have primer mixed in with them, but they do have a resin which gives them the property of good adhesion. This will make the use of primer unnecessary in many circumstances.




What are the different kinds of paint finishes?


• Flat Finish — Also known as matte finish
• Satin Finish — Also known as eggshell finish, or low-luster finish
• Gloss Finish — Also known as semi-gloss finish.




What if I don’t like the color selected? Can I change it?


Yes. The final color is ultimately the homeowner’s choice, but note that there will be an additional cost for a color change. The additional cost is determined by how much of the job was already completed, along with the cost of the additional paint.




Can you paint the exterior of my home in the winter time?


The exterior of your home cannot be painted in the winter.




If I buy all of my own materials, will I be able to save money that way?


Our estimates include the cost of paint. You’ll not be saving money by buying your own materials. The reason is because we’ll be able to get better discounts as a business entity than if you made the purchase as an individual.




What type of paint do you use?


We primarily use quality products from Sherwin Williams.




How long does exterior paint last?


There are a huge number of factors at play that impact the answer to this question. The short version is that quality paint carefully applied can last 7-10 years, depending on environmental conditions.




What is the difference between interior and exterior paints?


Different paints have different properties, and are formulated for different purposes. Interior paint is made to be scrubbed, resist staining, and allow cleaning. Exterior paints are made to combat against fading and mildew.





Steel Framing

Can metal studs be used for interior walls?


Yes. Heavier gauge metal studs are used in load bearing walls and structural applications such as exterior walls. Lighter gauge metal studs are used in non-load bearing applications such as some interior walls, half-walls, and partitions.




How far apart are metal studs?


When a home is framed, the wall studs are usually spaced 16 or 24 inches apart. If you start in a corner and measure out 16 inches and you don't find a stud, you should find one at 24 inches.




Do steel studs rust?


Steel studs will rust in the presence of moisture, but under the same conditions wood will rot.




How much weight can metal studs hold?


An 8-foot, 3-1/2-inch metal stud, for instance, may support over 2,000 pounds, while a 16-foot stud of the same width will support as little as 400 pounds. Although multiple factors do come into play related to the load weight limit for metal studs, as the length of studs increase, the less weight they support.




Are metal studs stronger than wood?


Yes. Metal studs can support a lot more weight, being made from heavier materials themselves.




Are metal studs magnetic?


Yes. If you think your home might have steel studs, you can check by running a magnet along a wall. While nails and screws in wood studs will attract a magnet, steel studs will have a stronger attraction along the entire height of the stud.




Do you need special screws for metal studs?


Most screws and nails won't penetrate through steel studs. Drilling a hole is required.




Why do commercial buildings use metal studs?


A wall built with metal studs is virtually fireproof.





Drop Ceilings

How much clearance do you need for a drop ceiling?


All you need for a suspended ceiling is sufficient head clearance. Requirements vary, but most codes stipulate a minimum 7 1/2-ft. ceiling height in new construction. Some codes, however, will accommodate a lower ceiling height if it's part of a renovation project, so it pays to ask. You'll need roughly 4 in.




Can I paint drop ceiling grid?


Yes. Start by using a primer to help the paint bond to the metal more firmly. Cover all the visible grid, then give the paint a few hours to dry. You'll achieve the best effect if you use flat paint on the ceiling tiles and a semi-gloss paint on the suspended ceiling grid.




What is the space above a drop ceiling called?


The area above the dropped ceiling is called the plenum space, as it is usually used for the HVAC air return.




How long do ceiling tiles last?


Ceiling tiles have a life expectancy of 10 years. Past that age, they can warp, become brittle, and even break.




What are drop ceiling tiles made of?


Most ceiling tiles are made from mineral fiber, but other materials are available, such as fiberglass. Mineral fiber tiles typically have a high Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC), which means they are good at absorbing sound within a space to prevent echo or loud environments.




What is the point of a drop ceiling?


Aesthetics. Modern dropped ceilings were initially created to hide the building infrastructure, including piping, wiring, and/or ductwork, by creating a plenum space above the dropped ceiling, while allowing access for repairs and inspections. Drop ceilings may also be used to hide problems, such as structural damage.




Can I replace a damaged tile?


Yes.




How do I clean my panels?


Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.





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