Basic Drywall Repair

Sheetrock manA quick rundown of basic drywall repair techniques will put you well on your way to being a plaster-encrusted drywalling expert. One of the most common types of damage left by tenants is holes, both minor and enormous, that must be repaired. Save the cost of hiring a professional drywaller by following these steps

  1. Cut away damaged drywall until only solid material remains. Most timber frame walls are constructed with supports every 16 inches. Your best bet is to cut away the old drywall until the hole spans halfway into one support across to halfway into the other. This will provide a place for you to secure the new drywall. If you wish to only replace a small piece of drywall, take a thin strip of wood that is a few inches longer than the hole you are filling. Secure it to the back of the existing drywall with screws driven through the drywall so that the wood crosses the hole. You’ll be able to secure your small piece of new material to that wood. Avoid silly-shaped holes as they make more work for you.
  2. Cut out a piece of replacement drywall in the appropriate shape and secure it with drywall screws. You may use nails or an adhesive if you don’t have screws available but screws are the most reliable method to secure drywall.
  3. Once you have the new drywall in place, the next step is to make the wall look like nothing ever happened. With a wide putty knife, press a thick layer of joint compound into the space between the old and new drywall. Once the space is filled, scrape any excess away and press a strip of drywall joint tape over each line. The tape provides additional strength to the new joint while helping to reduce the amount of work it takes to make a drywall joint disappear. Once the drywall tape is in place, skim a light coat of joint compound over the tape and surrounding area. Once the compound has dried, sand it lightly, wipe with a dry cloth, and apply another coat of compound. When you are satisfied with your work, apply a coat of primer paint and allow to dry before painting the repaired drywall to match the rest of the room.?Creative Commons License?photo?credit:?d70focus