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How to Repair Drywall

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 6, 2010

Mothers always tell their children "don't play ball in the house" but accidents do happen and the result is often a hole in the drywall.

Drywall repairThe most common area for holes in drywall is the wall behind a door where a knob impacts. Holes are now easier to repair with a relatively new material - drywall patch - that has a self adhesive mesh holding a perforated galvanized metal drywall patch.

Here are the tools and supplies you'll need to repair drywall:

  • 6-inch minimum wallboard joint knife
  • Cutting and taping knives
  • Sanding block
  • Sand paper
  • Dust mask and goggles
  • Dust cloth
  • Paint brush
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Drywall patch
  • Primer
  • Paint

Here's how to make the drywall repair:

  • Measure the hole and buy the appropriate size patch.
  • Put on your dust mask and goggles.
  • Clean the area to be patched with a dry cloth and, if necessary, use a cutting knife to widen the crack just a bit to give the joint compound something to adhere to and remove any loose drywall material.
  • Peel off the backing and stick the drywall patch over the hole.
  • Use the drywall knife and spread wallboard joint compound over the patch in layers.
  • Cover all the pores of the adhesive mesh and extend the compound to about 6 inches beyond the hole or crack to blend with the surrounding area.
  • Let dry and sand smooth using the sanding block. Repeat if needed.
  • Dust the area with a cloth.
  • Paint the surface with primer. (Hint: If you're painting the entire wall, tint primer to the color of the paint you've selected. It will save you an extra coat of paint.)
  • After the primer dries, paint.  If you're not painting the entire wall, feather the paint by using a slightly dry brush to blend with the existing paint surface.

Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, HomeRepair by McClurg

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