Bending Drywall

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Drywall can't really be bent because the material that drywall is made of, gypsum, will break when bent. Find out how to use a plywood bender-board as an alternative to bending drywall with help from a certified home inspector in this free video on interior building and remodeling.

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Hello, my name is Mark Blocker. In this segment, we're going to cover bending drywall. As you can see here by the picture, drywall is made of gypsum, and gypsum doesn't bend, it breaks, so you really can't bend drywall. Theres' a couple of alternatives, if you wanted to make a large arch design or something, where you're going to use drywall for a wall. You can cut the drywall, the gypsum strips up into thin strips, and then screw them to, or fasten them to the face, with nails and screws, and then you'll have to fill those in between each one of your strips, with mud and tape. That's kind of a labor extensive way of doing it. Another alternative, is they have a plywood product out, and here I have an example of. It's called benderboard, and what it differs from regular plywood, you can get it in different grades and surfaces, so you can match the same texture design, pretty close to the drywall, once it's painted and sealed, but what they've done is, the difference between bendingboard, and standard plywood, with plywood, they'll glue the different layers together in cross patterns, so the grain between the two layers, is going the opposite direction, and that makes it real strong, and the difference here in bendingboard, is they've glued multiple layers of plywood together, and they've kept the grain going in the same direction, so it makes it real easy to bend and shape, and now you can just shape this, and adhere to whatever fixture or device, or underneath a bar stool, or whatever you might need to bend drywall for. This is a better product for doing that, and it finishes out pretty much the same way, so you can't really bend drywall, but there are some alternatives to bending drywall, or different products that can be used in place of bending drywall.

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