Drywall Repair: Fixing Cracks, Holes And Other Problems

Most drywall problems can be easily repaired in no time! Find out how by reading this informative article!

Drywall, which is also known as wallboard or gypsum board, is a fairly sturdy and very common building material. It is composed of a sheet of plaster sandwiched between two layers of heavy gray paper. Drywall is often screwed to interior walls and ceilings to finish the construction of a room. The cracks and crevices are then filled in with a special paper drywall tape and compound. If you have cracks, holes, dents, and other problems in the drywall in your home, you can easily fix them yourself. You don't need to call a contractor; you can spend the money you save on something else instead!

In order to fix a crack or small hole in a wall or ceiling, you will first need to clean the drywall dust and debris out of it. Then, use a drywall compound and a putty knife to fill the crack. Make sure you press the compound firmly into the crack. This way, the crack will be completely filled and will adhere better. Allow the drywall compound to dry thoroughly, according to the manufacturer's directions on the container. Then, use a fine grade of sandpaper to smooth the repaired crack. Wipe the drywall and sandpaper dust off with a soft, clean cloth. Finally, prime the area and paint it.

To fix a large hole in drywall, you will first need to inspect it. Carefully poke the edges of the hole to find out how far out the wall is cracked, or otherwise damaged. Use a pencil to mark how far out the wall is cracked, broken, or crumbled. Then, use a pencil and a ruler to mark out a square on a scrap piece of drywall. Make sure the scrap piece is large enough to cover the entire hole, as well as any weaknesses in the drywall around it. Cut the patch out with a small drywall saw. In case you're not familiar with a drywall saw, it resembles a key hole saw. However, it has a sharp point on the end. The sharp point is handy for making a starter hole in the drywall.



Next, position the patch over the hole temporarily. Make sure that it covers the entire damaged area, not just the hole. Make an outline of the patch on the wall with a pencil. Use a small drywall saw to cut the marked square out of the wall. You need to remove the weakened area of the drywall so that you have a clean, sturdy area left to patch. If the piece you removed is painted with a top coat, save it for later.

Now, place the patch inside the sawed out hole in the wall. The patch should fit snugly, but not too tightly. Use a drywall compound and a putty knife to fill the cracks in around the patch. Make sure you press the compound firmly into the cracks. This way, the cracks will be completely filled so the compound will adhere securely. Next, apply a thin layer of drywall compound over the entire patch, plus, extend it out on the wall an additional three to four inches. Spread the compound out as smoothly and as evenly as possible by using the putty knife.

You will now need to place drywall tape over the entire repaired area. Do not overlap the edges; press the tape down firmly into the compound so it will adhere properly. Then, apply another layer of drywall compound over the tape. Spread this layer of compound out as evenly as possible too. Allow the drywall compound to dry completely per the manufacturer's directions on the container. Then, you will need to use a piece of fine sandpaper to smooth the repaired area. Wipe the drywall and sandpaper dust away with a clean, damp cloth.

If you have leftover paint to match the color of the wall you just repaired, you can just touch up the repair. If, however, you don't have any paint, take the piece of drywall that you cut out of the wall to your local paint store. The store should be able to match the paint perfectly. Another common problem with drywall is dents in the surface. You can easily repair these by sanding them, then filling them with drywall compound. Allow the compound to dry, then sand, prime, and paint the repaired area.

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