Levels 1 and 2 can have some tool marks and roughness in the joint compound. These levels are only acceptable for attics and garages. (Depending on what the installers promised, they may not be acceptable at all.)
Levels 3 through 5 are acceptable for home interiors. At these levels, you shouldn’t feel any roughness on your walls.
The joint compound should cover all joints, screw holes, and tape. It should also be sanded smooth.
So, if you feel a rough surface in the interior of your home, that’s a clear sign of lousy drywall installation.
Finishing drywall corners requires a lot of skill and may be hard for novice installers to do correctly. Even so, you shouldn’t see (or feel) uneven corners or exposed corner beads in your home.
Crooked Drywall Panels
Crooked panels usually indicate the drywall contractor didn’t have enough help to properly hold the panels while they got screwed in place. This is not always a major problem, but can sometimes mean the panels didn’t get attached to the studs properly.
A Leftover Mess
Drywall installation produces tons of fine drywall dust, which the installation crew should clean up before leaving – especially since this mess will ruin standard household vacuums.
What Does A Good Drywall Job Look Like?
In a good drywall job, the sheetrock panels should be straight, and joint compound should cover screw holes, joints, and corners. There should be no indentations, bubbling, or unevenness.
After finishing the drywall mud with a sander, the wall should be completely smooth.
After applying a coat of paint to your wall, you should not be able to tell where the drywall seams are or see any indentations.
Hanging drywall isn’t an easy process. It requires a lot of skill, patience, and the right tools.
A good drywall job should be seamless and free of indentations, bubbling, and roughness.
If you feel like you’re the victim of bad drywall installation, you need to talk to your contractor about drywall repair.