Drywall Inspection

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A drywall inspection is performed by home inspectors to evaluate if drywall installation follows standard structural requirements. Performing drywall inspections can help identify and address issues before adding finishing touches to the building or home. Proper drywall installation can help ensure fire safety within the property as it helps contain the spread of fire and assists in safe evacuation during an emergency.

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  • 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
  • Ensure that electrical outlets are not misaligned by checking if it follows the set standard, which states that boxes should not recess more than ⅛” from face of drywall and must be flush with or project past combustible surfaces.

  • Joints
  • Joints should be staggered on opposite sides of walls and should not align with edge of openings. Staggering sheetrock boards adds strength to the wall or ceiling and helps reduce cracks.

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 rectification. Paper-based inspection forms and manual reporting can be time-consuming and cumbersome to do. Switch to a mobile inspection app like iAuditor 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 drywall inspections using your tablet or mobile device
  • Assign corrective actions on problem areas or items you’ve identified during inspection
  • Take or attach photos and add notes during inspection
  • Get insights on the condition of your home or building with analytics
  • Automatically generate comprehensive reports and share with team members. Preview sample report.
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1. General Drywall Inspection Checklist

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A drywall inspection checklist is a tool used to guide inspectors in evaluating drywall installation. Use this checklist to identify any issues like misaligned holes for electrical boxes, drywall screws driven too far and other non-compliant items. Maximize use of this checklist by following the points below:

  1. Check if all drywall requirements are met
  2. Do a site walkthrough and inspect drywall installation
  3. Add notes or comments to identified non-compliance
  4. Take or attach photos of compliant or non-compliant items
  5. Provide corrective actions for non-compliant items. Assign corrective actions, set priority level, and due date
  6. Sign off with digital signature

2. Pre-Drywall Inspection Checklist

Use a pre-drywall inspection checklist is used to ensure that a house or building is constructed according to the specifications set by management or homeowner. Perform pre-drywall inspections using this checklist to find and repair issues before they are covered up.


3. Drywall Quality Control Checklist

Use this drywall quality control checklist to review the quality of drywall installation. This checklist inspects for drywall nailing and screwing, tapings and corner beads. Use and customize this checklist according to your inspection needs.