There comes a time in every homeowners life where a Drywall Repair is required of you. Most people keep avoiding the inevitable, but what needs to be done, needs to be done and doing it right is not as hard as you might imagine. With a little bit of know how and a few inexpensive tools you can get the job done in record time. So what are some of the first things that you should start doing.
First Things First
M?k? ?n assessment ?f what tools ?n? materials ??? h??? ?n hand ?n? what ????ll need t? b??. F?r m??t drywall patches ??? w??? n?t need much. J??t the essential tools ?n? the r??ht materials. Everybody h?? ?t ????t ??m? ?f these things laying around. Here ?? a list ?f the essentials.
1. Drywall (Obvious I think)
2. Drywall Filling Compound
3. Fiberglass Taping Mesh
4. Utility Razor Knife
5. Drywall Mud Pan
6. Straight Edge or Drywall Square
7. Measuring Tape
8. Medium to Fine Sanding Block
10. Drywall Key Hole Saw
11. Drywall Putty Knife
13. A Sense of Humor
H?w t? P?t ?t ??? together
Now that ??? h??? the basic tools ?n? materials ?n? a few ?f the essentials f?r the mental game – W? can ??t ?t?rt??.
H?w t? ?? Drywall Repairs
1. Measure ?n area around the hole ????re patching & then cut a piece ?f drywall ?n that size. Use a table or some other straight edge to help you snap the drywall along the edge to get a straight line if you don not feel confidant in simply snapping across the line. It doesn’t matter if the lines edge is not perfectly straight. If you see a jagged edge then simply use your knife or a rasp and clean it up before installing. you may have to do this to regardless to get your piece to fit
2. Using the piece you have just cut, place it over the area to be patched and draw along the edges with a pencil or score with a knife or another tool that will leave a clearly defined mark.
3. Cut along our newly marked outline using a sharp utility knife or a drywall saw. Remove all the drywall and clean up the cut edges.
4. Aft?r removing the excess, screw ?n ??m? backing (plywood ?r scrap wood) ?? seen ?n picture 4. If there ?r? studs ?h?w?n?, screw the existing drywall t? the stud before installing the patch. You do not have to over do it with the screws. A few here and there till it feels firm and stable.
5. Install the Drywall patch piece ?n? screw ?nt? the backing t? secure the piece firmly. Using a utility knife, trim the rough edges ?f the drywall, cutting ?n ?n angle. this helps reduce the filling time. The flatter the new patch and the more even it aligns with the main wall, the easier your filling will be.
6. Cut fiberglass mesh tape t? size. M?k?n? sure n?t t? overlap. Even if you overlap, the filling will take care of that.
7. Using taping compound (contains binding agent ) f?r th? first coat, tape th? joins. Remember not to over fill. This stage is simply to do an initial fill creating a somewhat flat surface for further fills and to bind the tape securely.
8. Coat w?th finishing “mud” remembering to keep your fills and flat and even as possible. This will greatly reduce sanding.
9. Re-coat till buildup is sufficient and you have feathered out your fill at least 10 to 12 inches from the edges of the repair.
10. Sand till smooth. make sure your strokes are light and even, keeping your eye on your work the whole time, making sure you do not show visible swirls in your sanding. When you are satisfied with the results, it’s time to prime and paint.