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Drywall is a building material made of gypsum and has been around for over a hundred years. It gained popularity during the building boom after WWII and is now a staple of the construction industry.

Today’s drywall has evolved to 4 basic types: standard, mould/moisture resistant, fire resistant and soundproof. Standard drywall is the most common and is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses with 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ being the most common. Standard drywall is also available in a lightweight version that is 25 percent lighter. Installation of drywall is a quick and easy job for most DIY-ers. However, there is a learning curve.

A good drywall job will go unnoticed but a bad job will be an eyesore. A common mistake is creating too many seams. Trying to save money by using small pieces of drywall to fill odd spaces will result in a poorly constructed wall. It’s better to carefully cut a large piece of drywall and have it fit the space in one piece. Drywall has a front and back – one side is for finishing and the other goes against the studs. Often there will be a colour difference between the front and back. Drywall is incredibly durable and is easily repaired if damaged.

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