The Ultimate Guide To Dry Wall Repairs

The Ultimate Guide To Dry Wall Repairs

DIY Drywall Repair

Owning a home is great but there are responsibilities that come with it. For one, if there’s a problem in your home (such as a hole in your drywall) then you’ll need to take care of it yourself. You can opt to go DIY or hire an expert to do it for you.

If you insist on fixing the problem yourself, you need the right tools for it, and then you obviously you need to have the right instructions handy. Lucky for you, we have tips on both subjects.

Drywall Repair Equipment

If you insist on fixing the drywall problem yourself, then you better make sure you have the right tools for the job. Here’s a list of tools you’ll likely need over the years for fixing drywall holes:

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  • Broad knife
  • Carpenter’s knife
  • Putty knife
  • Drill
  • Drywall patch kit
  • Drywall saw
  • Drywall screws
  • Drywall tape (mesh is better than paper)
  • Dust mask
  • Furring strips
  • Pre-mixed joint compound
  • Sandpaper, 120-grit
  • Spackle
  • Trowel

Dealing With Small Drywall Holes

If the hole is smaller than the size of a nickel, then it’s classified as a small hole. They’re relatively easy to fix, so you’re lucky.

You will need joint compound or spackle for the job. If you go with joint compound, make sure you get the premixed for this small job. The joint compound may bulge or run out as it sets, so it will need some sanding and a 2nd application to be on the safe side.

Now if you go with spackle, it may also shrink as it dries so a 2nd application may be necessary. However, this is more likely to happen when you’re fixing larger holes.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Remove any loose drywall debris to clean the hole in the drywall.
  2. Is the hole larger than a dime? Take your carpenter’s knife and put a beveled edge around the hole’s circumference.
  3. Wipe of any resulting dust with a damp rag.
  4. Get your putty knife and fill the hole with your joint compound or spackle.
  5. Smear in the filler to make it flush with the wall.
  6. Let the filler air-dry.
  7. Use the sandpaper to lightly sand the area.
  8. Apply your 2nd coat.
  9. Once this coating is dry, sand it again.
  10. Prime the area, and then paint over it.

Dealing With Medium-Sized Holes

We’re talking about holes that are larger than the size of a nickel but are less than 6 inches across. To do this right, you need some finesse so you can “feather” (reduce the thickness outward gradually) the joint compound nicely with the rest of the wall. Do it wrong, and it’ll bulge.

So what you need to do is to feather lightly when you put on the joint compound and in the sanding stage of the process. The drywall patch you need should be somewhat bigger than the hole you’re fixing up. You can find a drywall kit with the things you need in your local hardware store.

So with your joint compound and drywall patch, here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Sand and clean the surface around the hole, where the patch will get in contact with the wall.
  2. Now apply the adhesive side of the patch to the hole.
  3. You then use the joint compound to cover the patch. Use the putty to apply the joint compound, and go with a crisscross pattern. Use enough of the joint compound to cover the patch, with some amount left over to feather.
  4. Wait until it dries, and then use the sandpaper to lightly sand it.
  5. Then apply a 2nd coat, and then sand it again.
  6. Now feather the edges of the coat so it blends into the wall nicely without any bulging.
  7. Prime the area, and then paint over it.

Dealing With Large Holes

If the hole is bigger than 6 inches across, it’s large. You can fix this too if you want, but you better be careful so that you don’t nick any wires or plumbing during the process.

You will need a scrap piece of drywall, joint compound, furring strips, joint tape, your drywall saw, a pencil, and drywall screws. Here are the steps:

  1. First cut out a square piece of new drywall. This should be a little bit bigger than your large hole.
  2. Now place this piece of new drywall over the hole, and then trace around it with a pencil.
  3. You can then get your drywall saw to just cut out the damaged area along the trace lines.
  4. Put the furring strips through the hole. These furring strips should be tight against the backside of the drywall. Use your drywall screws to anchor them from the front. The screw heads should be flush or somewhat dimpled, so you know for sure that the screws are anchoring the furring strips in place against the backside of the drywall.
  5. Now set the new drywall patch in its place. Use drywall screws to secure this patch to the furring strips.
  6. Put drywall tape with joint compound along the edges to hold everything together.
  7. Use the drywall joint compound to cover everything.
  8. Once it dries, sand it lightly and then out on a 2nd coat of the drywall joint compound.
  9. Again, when it dries sand it lightly.
  10. Prime the area, and then paint over it.

Calling A Trusted Sons Pro

Dry wall repairs can be a very satisfying project to complete, especially if you have the DIY knowledge and the right tools. But if you have neither, then it can be a rather tedious job.

So if you have neither the inclination nor the time to fix the hole in your dry wall, just do yourself a favor and call an expert to do it for you. The job can then be done right and fast, and you can find better ways to use your valuable time.

Call us, your trusted handyman, today for any and all of your drywall repair needs!

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