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What is a Drywall Inspection?

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.

Commonly Missed Areas During 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
    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 the 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 the edge of openings. Staggering sheetrock boards adds strength to the wall or ceiling and helps reduce cracks.

What is iAuditor and how can it help with Drywall Inspections?

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


Jai Andales

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jai is a content writer for SafetyCulture based in Manila. She has been writing well-researched articles about health and safety topics since 2018. She is passionate about empowering businesses to utilize technology in building a culture of safety and quality.