Drywall Repair for Beginners
In the same way that you can see a chipped nail or crack in your hair, you can also find small imperfections in drywall. These aren’t necessarily deal breakers, but they are enough to impact the overall appearance of a room. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to repair and patch drywall; all you need is some drywall tape, mesh, joint compound and an understanding of what you’re fixing. When an area of drywall takes more damage than usual from something like a flying ball or falling bookshelf, it can leave unwanted holes in walls where moisture may be able to get through. That’s why it’s important to understand how to repair and patch drywall so you don’t have to live with unsightly damage for very long.
Drywall is easy to repair.
Drywall is a soft material that is easily marked, dented, chipped or cracked. However, drywall is also easy to repair, which is why it’s commonly used as a wall material in homes and offices, especially when combined with a plaster finish that has a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. The key to any quick and easy drywall repair is to use materials that are intended for use in drywall. This means that the materials you use for patching the damaged area should be consistent with the rest of the drywall in the room. For example, if the damage is in an area covered with gypsum board, the repair material should also be gypsum board. In most cases, the recommended materials for quick and easy drywall repairs are joint tape and joint compound. If a repair requires the use of more than two pieces of drywall, then it’s best to use a different method that involves removing the damaged drywall from the wall entirely.
Assessing the damage before patching drywall.
Before you begin the repair process, it’s important to assess the damage and decide where in the wall you want to make the repair. When patching drywall, it’s important to remember that you are covering up an area of damage, not covering an entire wall. The best place to make a repair is somewhere that isn’t eye-catching so as not to draw attention away from the rest of the room. In the same way that you can use a little black eye pencil to draw attention away from an obvious bruise, you can use drywall tape and joint compound to cover up damage to the wall. The next step in the process is to remove any loose pieces of drywall that have chipped or been dislodged by the damage. This is important because loose pieces of drywall can create new problems that may require more extensive repair.
Patch drywall with mesh and tape.
When you are patching drywall, the first thing you want to do is cover the damage with mesh tape. This is a lightweight tape that goes across the hole or crack in the wall and acts as a backing for the drywall compound. Next, apply the drywall tape across the length of the crack in the wall. This type of tape is thicker and more substantial than the mesh tape, which is why it goes across the length of the wall rather than covering the damaged area. When you have the tape in place, you can apply the joint compound over the entire patch. If you don’t know how to mix and apply the compound, you can refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance. If you don’t have instructions, here’s a basic rundown of what you need to know: - The first thing you want to do is mix the compound according to the instructions on the bag. - Next, you want to apply the compound over the entire patch, pushing it into all the tiny crevices that are present. - Next, you want to use a putty knife or trowel to smooth out the compound over the surface of the wall.
Using joint compound for a quick fix.
To create a quick, easy and temporary patch in your drywall, you can use joint compound. Joint compound is a mixture of sand, cement and water that is applied over the entire crack or hole in the wall. - Once the compound has dried, it dries hard and smooth, similar to stucco. - Once the compound is dry, simply sand it down and apply a new coat of compound. - Joint compound is a good choice for patching smaller holes in the wall.
How to patch drywall using mesh, tape and joint compound.
The first thing you want to do is apply the tape to the crack or hole in the wall. - Next, apply the joint compound over the entire area. - When the compound has dried, you can sand the entire patch down. - Finally, apply a second coat of compound over the entire patch.
Rebuilding drywall with mud and re-taping.
If the damage is extensive enough and needs a more permanent solution than a quick and easy patch, you can rebuild the drywall and re-tape it. - The first step in rebuilding drywall is to remove the damaged drywall, wiring and insulation. - Next, you want to install a new piece of drywall over the studs. - The final step is to re-tape the new piece of drywall with a new layer of tape. If you’re going with this option, it’s important to remember that you will have to patch the new piece of drywall at some point. - The best time to patch the new drywall is when you are ready to paint the rest of the room. - The new piece of drywall can be your base coat, and you can apply another coat of paint over the top.
Drywall is a great material for walls, but it’s not impervious to damage. Luckily, most of the damage isn’t something that can’t be repaired and patched quickly and easily. Remember to patch drywall in areas that don’t get a lot of attention so that the damage doesn’t stand out. There’s no sense in investing time, energy and money into a room only to have it ruined by a few patches in the drywall.