Create an Energy-Efficient Home: Simple Guide to Insulating Drywall
Achieving the optimal insulation of your drywall is an essential step in creating a comfortable and cosy home. It helps to prevent loss of heat and keep out cold air, and is best done before hanging the drywall, but there are situations where this is not possible. In this case, you can still insure your home by following the steps in this guide.
Begin by using a stud finder from the wall to locate any studs and any live wires that may be present. Mark the center of the section before you start and repeat this along the entire length of the wall. After marking where you need to cut, cut out a square large enough for the hose of the insulation blower to fit with a drywall saw, preferably as close to the top of the wall as possible.
Take each section that you have cut out and label them with their corresponding wall to easily replace them later. Insert the insulation blower hose all the way inside the wall towards the bottom and turn on the blower. Feel for the insulation filling the crevice between the studs until the pressure is felt and then move the hose up until you feel the greatest amount of insulation being deposited. Do this with each wall section and repeat the process as necessary.
Once finished, begin replacing the sections of drywall. Place the pieces back in the wall and ensure they are even with the surface before. Now, with a putty knife, spread drywall mud along the seams of the section of drywall that was removed and spread it out, feathering the edges, until the piece is sealed. Place drywall tape along the edges and cover it in more mud, paying attention to fanning out the edges to blend in with the wall.
Once the drywall mud has dried, begin to sand it down until it is flush with the wall and put on more mud. This process should be done a couple of times to ensure the piece is stuck firmly in place. Finally, you can paint the wall after the last layer has dried.
To correctly insulate behind your drywall, applied the steps in this guide. First, locate the studs and any wires with a stud finder. Using a drywall saw, cut out a square that fits your insulation blower hose. Remove each wall section, label it, and begin placing inside the insulation with the hose. Finally, replace all wall sections, cover with drywall mud and tape, sand it and paint it. If all these steps are taken, you can rest assured that your home is completely insulated.