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  Welcome to drywall

The Process:

Estimate - Unless the job is very small, one of our managers comes out to measure the project for a precise drywall count.  We measure for full sheets of drywall to minimize the number of joints that you will have.  We also work with you to understand your specific requirements for bathrooms, shower areas, windows and other areas of the project which may require special needs. 

Stock - Prior to the commencement of work, we arrive with the materials that will be required to complete the project.

​Hang The hang process is the most important part of the job.  Here our "hangers" attach drywall using screws and glue to the walls (for metal studs we do not use glue as a general rule).  At the completion of the hang, we will take the scrap drywall to a nearby dumpster or other area you designate and sweep with a rough broom. 

The "mud" process involves three steps:  Tape, Cover (aka "Bed Coat") and Finish

Step 1:  Tape coat - Our finishers will use taping mud to apply the tape to the joints and angles.

Step 2:  Cover/Bed coat - This is the most important coat as it is the bulk of the finishing.  This is the step that also usually takes the longest for the mud to dry.  One side of each angle will be mudded.  Butt joints (where non-recessed edges of the drywall meet) will be floated out farther than where the drywall has met with bone edges.

Step 3:  Finish coat - This is the final step in the mud process.  The other side of the angle will be mudded and another coat of mud is added.

Sand - The sanders will then come in after the mud work is completed and sand down the mud - making it smooth.   At this point, you are ready for your painter to prime the walls. 

Note on Paint Priming:  If you run your hand across the surface of the drywall, the mudded areas will feel like glass while the areas of raw drywall (not mudded) will feel like cardboard.  This is because the sanding process eliminates all of the stipple on the mudded parts of the drywall while the areas without mud haven't changed.  The priming process is where you have the opportunity to ensure a more consistent stipple between the two surfaces.  Getting a more consistent stipple is done by rolling the primer with a heavy nap paint roller on those areas that have been mudded - this gets stipple on the mudded areas with the hope that both the mudded and unmudded areas will have more consistency.    This difference in texture (the "glass" feeling and "cardboard" feeling) is often what you see when you think you see seams in the drywall which is why the priming process is so important.  

Spotting/Touch-up -  "Spotting" is the term we use for identifying and fixing areas of imperfection in the drywall.  Spotting is a standard part of any drywall project.   After your painter primes the drywall, we encourage you to have your trim carpenter trim out the project.  (This is the standard way 98% of most construction projects are run because the trim carpenters can put a few dents in the drywall from time to time).  The after the trim carpenter is done, we come out and "spot" or touch up the drywall for any imperfections that we may see.


Why are there scratches and imperfections in the drywall?  The painters are coming and I need it fixed!

Don't worry, part of the process is to touch up the drywall which is called spotting, as described above.  Often times, the imperfections a homeowner sees prior to prime disappear with the completion of the prime (and often times, different imperfections then appear as a result of the prime magnifying them).  Spotting is a very typical part of the drywall process for any company.  It occurs after the prime and trim carpentry are completed (spotting is typically done after trim carpentry because that reduces the chance that the walls get banged up as the trimmers move the board around).