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Solutions to Common Drywall Problems

Handling the drywall installation yourself can help you reclaim control of the project, expedite the remodeling timeline, and save money. The cost of labor may surprise you if you manage to find a competent drywall installation, as they are not always readily available. 

Performing drywall work is a task that may be undertaken independently, although it frequently requires a level of skill and expertise akin to that of an artist rather than a mere craftsman. Steer clear or resolve some of the frequent drywall problems and fails by following this handy guide.

Drywall is a fundamental component of majority buildings, both residential and commercial. It offers a seamless painting surface and serves as a shield against moisture, heat, and sound. 

Nevertheless, drywall damage is prevalent and can arise from a multitude of causes. This blog will address common drywall issues and provide solutions for resolving them. Please get in touch with us if you need assistance from professionals. 

Types of Drywall Damage

There are various kinds of drywall damage that can occur in your house. Among them are:

  • Cracks may arise as a result of the natural settling of the home, inadequate installation, or external influences such as moisture or changes in temperature.
  • Holes can range in sizes, spanning from little punctures made by nails or screws to substantial openings resulting from accidents or forceful strikes from doorknobs.
  • Water damage on your walls can occur as a result of leaks from plumbing fixtures or roofs, which can be both visually unappealing and potentially unhealthy.
  • Excessive moisture can result in the proliferation of mold and mildew on your walls, which can pose health hazards and produce unpleasant odors.

Below are some common drywall problems may experience in your home and how you can repair them.

Gaps Between Drywall Sheets

Typically, the spaces between drywall sheets can be covered by applying tape and joint compound in the usual manner. However, gaps measuring up to 1/2-inch between drywall sheets are considerable. The width of paper drywall tape is a mere 2 inches, making the mentioned gap equivalent to one-fourth of the tape’s width.

Structural integrity cannot be maintained in areas where voids exist beneath taped-over gaps. Formation of bubbles and warps may occur, while sharp objects can effortlessly puncture the tape.


Whenever feasible, move the sheets in closer proximity to each other. This is the ideal choice when the gap is between the wall and the ceiling. The wall-to-floor connector can accommodate a larger gap as it will be concealed by baseboards.

If the drywall cannot be moved, drywall experts suggest injecting drywall compound into holes that are no wider than 1/2 inch. Remove the drywall compound from the hawk or pan using a 12-inch drywall knife. Orient the knife horizontally in order to apply pressure and insert the compound into the space. Gradually proceed down the space until it is entirely filled. Next, apply mud and tape in the customary manner.

Hanging Off a Stud

Every edge of every drywall sheet must be placed on a stable surface, such as a stud. While a hanging drywall edge may provide a temporary solution, it might lead to long-term consequences such as the formation of fractures and other significant wall problems. Occasionally, the drywall fails to extend horizontally to a stud. Less typically, drywall does not vertically reach a firm attachment point.


If the drywall goes beyond a stud by a few inches, it is advisable to make a vertical cut so that it aligns with the center of the stud.

If the drywall falls short by one inch in reaching a stud, a second stud can be affixed adjacent to the first stud, known as sistering, to create a point of attachment for the drywall.

If the drywall does not extend vertically to a stable area, a brief segment of two-by-four can be trimmed to match the width of the stud bay. Subsequently, it can be affixed horizontally on both sides to ensure a proper fit within the bay.

Bigger Holes

Casualties happen, and this can develop bigger holes in your drywall work


If the gap is excessively wide to be concealed with adhesive tape or joint compound, it is necessary to remove the damaged area by cutting it out. Install fresh drywall and apply joint compound to refine the edges. Ensure that the joint compound is given sufficient time to fully dry. Once the surface is dry, proceed to sand it in order to achieve a smooth texture. Perform this step twice. Lastly, proceed to affix drywall tape to restore the surface.

Drywall Cracks

Drywall cracks typically occur at the intersections of two panels or at the joints. Thermal expansion and contraction can produce stress on the drywall sheet


Mere application of a joint compound to the crack is insufficient. Prior to further deterioration, it is imperative to apply fiberglass mesh tape across the affected area. Next, employ drywall tape and joint compound to restore the surface.

However, it is important to bear in mind that fractures can also indicate a potential issue with the overall stability and strength of the building or apartment. Thus, it would be advisable to engage the services of experienced professionals in drywall restoration to mitigate the potential for extensive harm to your property.

Corner Bead Cracks

Steel corner beads can pop out of place over some time.


In order to resolve the issue, it is necessary to remove the drywall covering the corner bead by scraping it off. Upon exposing the damaged area, the hammer compresses the bead, causing it to become flat. Occasionally, it may be necessary to reattach the corner bead using screws. Once the damage has been rectified, utilize a drywall tape and joint compound to restore the surface.

Unaddressed drywall damage can be aesthetically displeasing and potentially escalate into more serious problems. To preserve the aesthetic and structural integrity of your property, it is crucial to tackle the issue at an early stage. If you need professional help with drywall repair or other services, contact us today for expert assistance.

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