Drywall Inspection

Checklists and templates to evaluate pre-drywall and drywall installations

Published 4 May 2022

What is a Drywall Inspection?

A drywall inspection is a type of inspection that evaluates drywall installation to verify if it follows standard structural requirements. It helps identify and address issues before adding finishing touches to the building or home. It is conducted prior to and after installation.

This article will discuss the following:

 

What is a Drywall and its Importance?

A drywall is a construction material installed in the interior of walls and ceilings. It is also known as a wall-board, sheet-rock, gypsum panels, or boards. Aside from the fact that it’s easy to install and repair when damaged. The biggest benefit of drywalls is its fire resistance. Drywalls can help contain the spread of fire, therefore allowing safe evacuation of people during a fire emergency. Below are 6 common types of drywalls that are being used in the construction industry:

  • Regular drywall
  • Mold-resistant drywall
  • Plasterboard
  • Soundproof drywall
  • Fire resistant drywall
  • VOC-absorbing drywall

Pre-drywall & Post-drywall Inspections

Before drywalls are installed, a pre-drywall inspection is conducted to check if both interior and exterior aspects of the building are up to code. It allows early detection of any flaws that can be difficult and expensive to remedy once drywall is installed. This is usually conducted by third party building inspectors.

Once drywall is installed, a post-drywall inspection should be conducted. This is to ensure that installation was done according to standard and that building requirements were met. This serves as an opportunity to spot any mistakes or missed items from previous inspections before signing off.

What to look for in a Drywall Inspection

Fasteners (Screws and nails)

Inspectors should assess the use of screws in terms of spacing, application, and penetration to avoid breaking the paper face of the wallboard. For example, a type G screw should be used for attaching gypsum to gypsum and type W screws are for gypsum to wood framing. As for penetration of screws and nails, it varies depending on the type of material being nailed or screwed. For example, for wood materials, screws should be ⅝” long and 3⁄4” for nails. As for spacing, you can refer to the table below:

Gypsum Wall Board Thickness Erection of Framing Maximum Framing Member Spacing Maximum Nail Spacing Maximum Screw Spacing
½” Vertical 16″ 8″ 16″
½” Horizontal 16″ 7″ 12″
½” Vertical 24″ 7″ 12″
½” Horizontal 24″ 8″ 12″
⅝” Vertical 16″ 8″ 16″
⅝” Horizontal 16″ 7″ 12″
⅝” Vertical 24″ 7″ 12″
⅝” Vertical 24″ 8″ 12″

Electrical outlet

Make sure that electrical outlets are not misaligned by checking if it follows the standards. This states that boxes should not recess more than ⅛” from the face of drywall and must be flush with or project past combustible surfaces.

Joints

The right placement of a drywall’s joints is to stagger it on opposite sides of the walls and it should not align with the edge of the openings. Staggering sheetrock boards will add strength to the wall or ceiling and help reduce cracks. 

Drywall Inspections Checklist App

Drywall inspection reports are important because they help inspectors and contractors document the overall condition of a house or building and take note of problem areas that need immediate repair. Paper-based inspection forms and manual reporting can be time-consuming and a hassle. Switch to a mobile inspection app like iAuditor by SafetyCulture so you can perform inspections quickly and produce reports as you finish the inspection. With iAuditor, you can:

  • Convert your paper forms into digital checklists
  • Conveniently perform pre-drywall and drywall inspections using your tablet or mobile device
  • Assign corrective actions on problem areas or items you’ve identified during an inspection
  • Take or attach photos and add notes during the inspection
  • Get insights on the condition of your home or building with analytics
  • Automatically generate comprehensive reports and share with team members.
  • Preview the sample report. Drywall inspection templates and reports can be downloaded as a document or PDF.

Use iAuditor for free with small teams. Unlimited reports and storage, integrations, and real-time analytics for premium accounts.

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Jai Andales

Jai Andales is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, she creates well-researched articles about health and safety topics. She is also passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.

Jai Andales is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, she creates well-researched articles about health and safety topics. She is also passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.