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Patching Drywall Instructions

  • Patching Drywall

    Inevitably, you will need to patch an area of drywall in your house at some point. Your walls are subjected to moving furniture, children rough-housing or even boisterous party guests. Additional occurrences, such as your house settling, can cause cracks; nail heads to pop up and taped joints to loosen. Never fear. Drywall is easily repaired with virtually no evidence of any of the damage.

  • Overview

    In this tutorial we will cover techniques to repair some common drywall damage, including small hole, large holes, cracks and loose tape joints, and finally loose nail heads.

  • Small Hole Repairs

    To repair small holes or gouges, start by using a sharp utility knife to shave away any protruding paper edges from the drywall surface. You will want to create a slight indentation so that your drywall compound will dry flush with the wall surface. Apply the first coat of drywall compound no more than 1/8 inch thick. Allow it to dry completely. Once dried, scrape the surface smooth using a wide putty knife and apply a second coat. Repeat the process until you have built up the compound slightly higher than the wall surface. Lightly sand to smooth out the patch and blend it in with surrounding wall.

  • Large Hole Repair

    Large hole repairs generally require some sort of backing or support before drywall compound is applied. A mesh repair patch adhered over the hole can repair holes up to 3 inches in diameter.

  • Mesh Repairs

    Even larger holes can be repaired by cutting out the damaged area in the shape of a rectangle. First use a square to mark your cut lines. Then use a keyhole saw to remove the damaged area. Be sure to be aware of any wiring or plumbing that might be inside the wall. Use wood strips to create a support backing. Using drywall screws secure the strips to existing drywall. Sink the head of the screw about 1/16 of an inch into the drywall. Try not to break the paper surface with the screw heads.

  • Installing New Drywall

    Cut a new piece of drywall to fit into the area you are patching. Make sure it is the same thickness as your existing wall. Screw the new piece in place with drywall screws to the wood strips. Using mesh tape, cover the seams between the new piece and the existing wall. Using several light coats of drywall compound, cover the mesh tape and fill in the screw holes. Build up a smooth, flush surface allowing each coat to dry completely. Lightly sand the final coat.

  • Cracks and Loose Tape Joints

    Cracks and loose tape joints are repaired similarly. In both cases, use mesh tape to cover the crack or joint. Before applying the mesh tape to a “loose tape joint”, use a utility knife to carve out the loose material. Create a slight indentation in the work area to allow the new mesh tape and drywall compound to finish flush with the existing wall. After you have applied mesh tape over the crack or joint, apply drywall compound. Using several light coats of drywall compound to cover the mesh tape. Build up a smooth, flush surface, allowing each coat to dry completely. Lightly sand the final coat.

  • Loose Nail Heads

    Occasionally a nail head might work itself loose. Using drywall screws and a screw gun insert new screws a few inches above or below the loose nail head through the drywall and into the stud behind it. Tap in the loose nail or remove it altogether. Fill the screw head holes and nail holes with the “small hole” procedure covered earlier.

 

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