The purpose of the following guide is to help the beginner do-it-yourselfer accomplish his/her first drywall repair, with reduced steps, tools and materials. Since the majority of the homes I repair are in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, I will focus this discussion toward conventional drywall, finished with a smooth texture. If your home’s walls are constructed of plaster, I wouldn’t recommend attempting a repair yourself. With plaster, it is best to leave it to a qualified professional.
Popcorn removal in san diego Drywall repair is really a straightforward process that just about any homeowner can learn to do. Considering that homes today are built with lumber inferior to that of generations past, movement of drywall from warping and shrinking in the home’s framing causes a variety of drywall-related problems. Therefore, many homeowners will have to repair corners, cracks, screw pops, tape seams, along with other drywall imperfections that accrue as time passes. Furthermore, damage from water intrusion, household accidents and normal deterioration necessitate a periodic drywall repair to help keep the walls looking good, especially before they are painted.
Drywall Repair Tools and Materials
Go to your local do-it-yourself store and buy:
(1) 4″ Drywall Knife
(1) 12″ STAINLESS Mud Pan
(1-qt) All-Purpose Joint Compound
(1) Drywall Sanding Sponge
(1-qt) Latex-Based Drywall Primer
(1) 2″ Angle-Tipped Paint Brush
1. Depending on the level of drywall repairs required, remove a proper amount of joint compound (or “mud,” since it is commonly described) from the plastic tub using your 4″ drywall knife and scrape it off into your 12″ mud pan. The idea here is to keep the joint compound fresh in order that is doesn’t dry out-so only take just as much mud out as possible use within ten minutes. Otherwise, “chunks” of drywall mud develop, making your drywall repair a lot more difficult.
2. Briefly work the drywall mud backwards and forwards in your pan several times-like you’ll knead bread dough. This removes air from the mud to help reduce bubbles when you stick it on the wall.
3. Apply a thin coat of drywall mud to the crack or dent. Use the knife to scrape the mud flush with the surrounding surface of the drywall. It is better to apply 2 or 3 3 thin coats of mud (allowing each coat to dry among applications) versus one thick coat. One of the more common mistakes I see with drywall repair is mud that’s applied too thick. This rarely results in a good surface and makes for additional time and mess during the sanding phase.
4. Allow the mud to dry. Dry time is highly influenced by type and brand of compound, thickness and quantity of mud application, along with ambient temperature and humidity of the room. If you want to accelerate dry time, grab a hair dryer to dry the area (as seen in this picture of my craftsman Drew).
5. Once the drywall mud is completely dry, place a drop cloth below the area of drywall repair, as you are going to create a mess next! Use your sanding sponge to sand the region flush with the rest of the wall. Use lighter pressure as you finish in order to avoid gouging or scratching up your work. Some people prefer to have a buddy hold a shop vacuum up to the area to suck up all the drywall dust while they work. If you opt to do this ensure you have a drywall dust or HEPA filter installed-otherwise you’ll just find yourself blowing the dust throughout the room.
6. Have a damp paper towel or cloth to wipe down the drywall repair to eliminate any remaining dust. You can also work with a wet cloth or sponge to “wet sand” the region to get an extra smooth effect, if desired.
7. Making use of your small paintbrush, apply a light coat of primer to the drywall repair. This can seal the joint compound, hide the repaired area, and prepare it to simply accept paint.
8. When painting the drywall repair, I would recommend painting an entire section of the wall, if possible. Although you may have left over paint from once the wall was originally painted, or purchased new paint with same formula as the original, it is unlikely to complement. Walls age and collect dirt after a while, altering their appearance and color. Hence, if you can paint a whole portion of the wall, up to a corner or seam, the difference of “new” versus “old” paint is less visible.