Jul 16, 2014 · When combined with water, gypsum makes a paste that can easily be applied to surfaces or modeled into shapes (for example, the long panels that form your walls). To make drywall panels, gypsum is combined with thickening agents, spread on top of long sheets of paper and dried in a kiln.
Jul 23, 2013 · Update: Staggering drywall joints throughout the wall / ceiling doesn’t provide any added structural support, the important point to keep in mind is to line up all of the joints with a wall stud or ceiling joist. Also, it is a good idea to avoid having drywall seams that line up with door and window corners.
Ready-mixed joint compound is most commonly used in hanging drywall for new or remodeled homes. Application is simple and easy, usually never taking more than three or four coats. When used for new walls, joint compound effectively eliminates all blemishes from the surface of the drywall, such as fasteners, damage, or drywall tape.