The Two Main Types Of Drywall Compound And How They’re Best Used

Lately at the big home improvement stores there has been a proliferation of different types of drywall mud, and while some can be substituted without much worry, others can make the job more difficult for no reason.  Still other types are more suited for damp locations, repair jobs or small nail hole patching.  Let’s take a quick look at what’s available and what their uses are.

There Are Basically Two Main Types Of Compounds

The first type is the quick setting drywall mud that comes powdered and you have to add water to activate it.  It “sets” rather than just drying, so you can’t just add more water and get more time, it’ll harden up permanently on you, due to a chemical reaction.  For this reason you’ll always want to keep the remainder of the powder dry so it won’t turn hard and be ruined.  By mixing different amounts of hardener to the ingredients the manufacturer can make it set quicker or slower, depending on it’s intended use.

There several advantages to this type of mud, for one, it will harden without cracking even when applied fairly thickly.  You can put on an extra coat even while it is still wet, as long as it has become hard already.  This can be a huge time saver for the professional that knows how to work it.  It’s a stronger base for joints, and is more resistant to moisture as well.  Used properly, it can shorten a job by about 25% by cutting the time waiting for drywall mud to dry.

The Other Kind Of Drywall Compound Is The Old Standby

Regular drywall mud is easy to work with, takes awhile to dry, and then is easy to sand off the bumps and ridges, for the homeowner that likes to do things himself.  It does take longer to dry, and you can’t put on layers too thick or they’ll crack, you have to wait until each layer is completely dry before putting on another.  And, it’s not as good in damp locations where it could mold, mildew or soften in the future.  This type of mud is usually sold in boxes with a plastic bag liner, already pre-mixed and ready to be used.

Using drywall compound can look difficult to start with, but almost anyone can do it with a little practice. As you get faster and better, you’ll understand why it’s so popular with home builders because it’s fast, convenient, and inexpensive to work with.

The Benefits Of Using Soundproof Drywall

Soundproof drywall is a unique type of drywall that contains a special layer of soundproofing material encased between two gypsum panels. This layer helps block sound from traveling from one room to another, or from entering your home from the outdoors.

These panels can be used in new construction, or they can be installed over the top of existing drywall. The installation process is practically identical to installing traditional drywall, requiring no special tools or techniques. Here are just a few of the benefits of using this special drywall for soundproofing:

Reduce Unwanted Noise From Outdoors

Noisy neighbors, busy streets with lots of traffic, barking dogs or countless other noises from outside can disrupt your peace. By installing special drywall that is made for soundproofing, these noises can be dramatically reduced. This is especially true if you pair the drywall with double-pane windows, since the additional pane of glass will also help block out some of the noise.

Keep Nurseries Or Children’s Rooms Quiet

Are you tired of having to tip-toe around your house to keep your children from waking up? If so, installing soundproofing in their rooms may be able to help. You can still listen for your child with a baby monitor, but won’t have to worry about disturbing them while they sleep. This is a particularly good option if you have a child who is a light sleeper or live in a space with exceptionally thin walls.

Create A Quiet Office

If you work at home, finding a way to isolate yourself from the day-to-day activities of your household so you can get some work done can be a challenge. This is particularly true if other family members are watching TV or making noise that is distracting. Creating an office with soundproof walls can go a long way toward solving this problem. It will give you a space where you can work without distractions, allowing you to get your work done more quickly so you have more time to do the things you enjoy.

These are just a few of the way that soundproof drywall can be used to make your home more comfortable and practical to live in. Getting rid of unwanted noise can help create a relaxing environment that is free from distractions or irritating sounds. This in turn can help you lead a more peaceful and focused life, regardless of where you live.

Popcorn Ceiling Repair Tips

Popcorn ceilings can not only add visual interest to a room, but they can also help reduce unwanted noise. Unfortunately, when they become damaged, they can be difficult to repair. Trying to match the original texture of the ceiling can be a challenge.  The following popcorn ceiling repair tips should have your ceiling looking like new again in no time at all:

1. Start by identifying what caused the damage in the first place. If you don’t repair the underlying issue, you are going to wind up right back where you started again before you know it. Damage can be caused by moisture or structural issues, both of which should be addressed before proceeding with the repairs. The only exception to this rule is if the damage was caused by physical trauma to the site, such as something getting scraped across the ceiling. In this case, the odds of it happening again are very unlikely, which means you can proceed with the repairs.

2. Popcorn texture comes in fine, medium and coarse grits. Purchase a texture that is a good match for your existing ceiling. More importantly, however, experiment with different application techniques on a piece of scrap wood until you find the one that is the perfect match for your ceiling. It is better to waste a little bit of product than to wind up with a patch that doesn’t match the surrounding texture.

3. Use caution not to overlap with the existing ceiling texture when you are applying the patch. You should apply it right up to the edge, but no further. If you texture over the existing texture, it will create a defined line around the patch that makes it stand out. Take your time and be as precise as possible for the best results.

4. In general, you will get far better results if you apply the patch by hand with a roller rather than spraying it on. Using a roller gives you far more control, and can result in a more seamless look. When you spray the texture, it is too hard to control where it goes and how thickly it is applied.

These basic popcorn ceiling repair tips should help you get your ceiling back in tip-top shape in no time at all. By taking your time, purchasing the right products and experimenting before you start applying the texture, you can get a seamless patch that is practically indistinguishable from the surrounding ceiling.