To Gap or not to Gap between Butt ends of Drywall Panels
By Mark J. Donovan
||QUESTION: I am considering hanging drywall in a room and have a question on hanging drywall. Should I leave a gap between drywall panels when hanging them or, should I butt them together as close as possible?
ANSWER: I have heard some discussion on whether or not there should be a gap between drywall panel butt joints. However, I have always tried to butt the drywall panels as close together as possible.
To be honest, I would be more concerned about the drywall job if there were large gaps between the panels, e.g. if the gaps were greater than or equal to 1/4 inch. If the gaps are too large the strength of the joint will be compromised and cracks will eventually form.
In the situation where there are gaps between the panels, make sure you first fill them with joint compound before applying drywall tape or mesh to the seam.
Also, make sure you apply drywall nails or screws approximately every 4-5 inches along the length of the butt joint seam to ensure a strong seam that won’t flex or crack over time.
For information on repairing a large drywall hole, see the “How to Repair a Large Drywall Hole” Ebook from HomeAdditionPlus.com. The “How to Repair a Large Drywall Hole” Ebook provides step-by-step instructions on how to repair your damaged wall so that it looks as good as new.
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