Drywall & Fire-Caulking Inspection

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Keep screw gun and screws on hand for quick fixes
  • Inspectors will generally pass missing screws/nails if you fix it right away while they continue inspecting
  • However, if there are large sections missing or sloppy, they will be less forgiving
Drywall scrapped out
  • All installed drywall should be visible
  • House should be generally safe and easy to navigate

What to do with scrap:

  • If less than ~3'x4': trash
  • If larger than ~3'x4': neatly stack on pallet to be taken to a ReStore
  • If full sheet or 5/8" drywall, check with supervisors if it is needed on other build sites
  • Note: keep enough scrap on site for later drywall fixes and the attic access lid
Confirm nail and screw patterns

Listed below is the maximum spacing assuming structural drywall (⅝”), but can be applied generally.  See code here Table R702.3.5


  • Edge: every 4”
  • Field: every 7”


  • Edge: every 7”
  • Field: every 12”


Outlet gaps sealed

Required: on party-wall and ceiling outlets
Bonus: all other exterior wall outlets, and interior wall outlets matter least

  • Any such outlet with an ⅛” or more of space between the outlet box and the drywall should be caulked with Fire-Rated caulk.  
  • Red Fire-Barrier Sealant Caulk from Home Depot
Other openings sealed
  • Larger gaps on party-wall or ceiling of ¼” or more can be foamed with fire foam
  • Even larger openings should be sealed off via Thermoply and fire foam