Have you ever worked with drywall?
Drywall can be the simplest and most complicated material to work with depending on your experience and skill level. It’s pretty simple to repair, and really simple to do mess up a repair job if you don’t pay attention to details. Poorly repaired drywall can really take away from the clean, polished look you probably had in mind when you began the repair! Unfortunately, messy drywall repairs can really detract from the look and feel of the room and cause anyone entering the room to train their eyes immediately to the problem area.
One trick is to do a repair with three to four *thin* coats of compound. This means you will leave the sanding for just the last coat. Another trick is to build the joint out wider than you think you should, which will leave a shallow slope on each side that you can then sand down.
Drywall repair tools include flexible knives of various sizes, a corner knife, utility knife, and drywall saw. You are likely to need a hammer, screwdriver and a drill to complete smaller repairs. Anything significant could require a powered sander and larger saw of some kind. A level is also very handy for most drywall repair projects.
Prior to beginning any significant repair, it’s important to know where electric wires are attached to wall studs. Always locate the wall studs before you begin cutting, drilling or nailing drywall and be sure to check for wiring.
Materials needed include drywall compound, mesh tape, paper tape, drywall nails and screws to take care of most repairs. In some cases where strength is an issue, mesh tape with lightweight or all-purpose compound applied over it will do the job best. Using mesh tape for smaller repairs where strength is not an issue causes more problems than it’s worth due to the difficulty of working with it on smaller repair projects.
Be aware that a sheet of drywall weighs 50 lbs or more, so transporting and storing drywall safely is top priority. If a sheet of drywall is dropped on a foot or falls over on top of someone, it’s going to cause more damage than a sheet of plywood for example. BE CAREFUL!
Fixing drywall damaged by doorknobs, misguided furniture or kids on the loose is usually not a huge job with some drywall compound and a little touch up paint. Even someone with little experience can do a great job with these repairs.
Popped Nail Heads
A popped nail is a nail that backs out of the drywall and is no longer holding the drywall to the stud.
To repair, you first want to set a screw through the drywall into the stud about an inch or two above the popped nail head. This screw will serve to reattach the drywall to the stud. Sink the screw head below the surface of the drywall so you can cover it with spackle and paint over it to blend it into the wall.
For smaller holes in drywall from door knobs and other accidents, you can purchase a drywall patch kit that should contain everything you need.
First, place the mesh patch over the hole in the drywall
Next, use a drywall knife to cover the patch with joint compound blending it in with the wall.
Feather the edges by increasing the pressure and angle on the drywall knife as you reach the outer edges of the patch area. This will minimize or thin the joint compound on the drywall.
Let the patch dry completely and then apply a second coat of compound if needed.
Once the second coat dries, sand the area smooth and apply paint.
Whatever repair you are making, you will want to decide whether you want to repaint the entire wall or just apply touch up paint to the patched areas. When patching tiny nail holes, you can cover up the repairs by touching up the paint with a small brush.
When patching a large number of holes or more serious damage, it is important to prime the patched walls before repainting. This is especially important when you plan to use a semi-gloss or shinier finish. In general, the higher the gloss, the less the paint will blend with surface textures and will cause the repair area to appear different than the original paint.
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