We bought a mod home back in May from Oakwood. Nice looking house but very
poor quality. Anywho.... When they placed the house together in the middle
and applied the drywall the first time they did not sand it down properly
which left hugh valleys and humps where they painted strait over the mud
making nice shadows at night when the lights are on. They came back in a
sanded it and redone it which looked much better and we were fairly
satisfied with it. They came back at a later date to fix additional
unresolved issues and it just so happened the supervisor came on site with
them. He decided that the wall was not up to par and called back in another
crew to go back to work on the same place. Anyway, to make a long story
short they spend two days on a spot about 4X6 mudding and sanding
complaining that the mud just isn't sticking. They finally gave up and said
they would be back to finish the job sometime later. I was not in during
this process but after looking at it they have actually sanded down and
peeled in places the first paper looking coat off the drywall leaving the
rough cement rock looking stuff exposed. I figured this is why they cant
get it to stick.
Thinking more and more about this, I believe that even if they do get it
someone back sanded and sticking would this not cause problems later down
the road? Wouldn't the paint applied in this area have a tendency to just
soak in? At this point should I just force them to hang more dry wall?
There's "setting" compound, and "drying" compound, with variants.
Former is dry- you mix w/water, and it reacts with water and hardens.
Latter dries (& shrinks some) and hardens in the process, IF conditions
are suitable for drying (temp, RH.)
IME, either will stick to pretty much anything, especially exposed
sheetrock gypsum layer.
Second, the paper on sheetrock provides some/most of its physical
strength. And ... even if the paper is left in place, sanding it makes
for fuzzy final product. DAMHIKT. Paint will seal the gypsum layer,
but will take a few coats
Sure sounds like some wall sections should be stripped and redone
properly. They could write off the earlier sessions as OJT. Can you
find someone local who can inspect and advise?
Yep. They've destroyed the integrity of the existing drywall. Have
them cut back to the nearest stud and install new board.
Sanding right through the paper is the sign of a hack. You have to
build up the mud and feather out the transition until the bump is not
noticeable. They might have to feather it out a couple feet on either
You should be aware that placement of lights so that the light is
shining along the wall at a low angle highlights the imperfections in
the wall. Not sure if you can, or want to, move the lights, but it
you should have the sheets replaced. if the paper layer is gone, the gypsum
is probably what's preventing the paint from "sticking". in the future,
chalking problem could shed paint, etc especially during times of
and humidity changes and you'd also likely get some paint cracking in these
those guys were definitely not drywall tapers.
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