Drywall is the most common construction material for home interiors. These boards are easy to install (with the proper tools) and cheap to repair.
The most common types of drywall repair are because of accidents around the house like screw or nail holes, door knob holes, or settling issues from wall and ceiling cracks. You can hire certified professionals or try to do it on your own. But if you are not confident that you can pull it off seamlessly, we highly suggest you leave your home repairs to a pro.
If you still want to try the do-it-yourself approach, here is an easy step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Step 1: Prepare the materials
When repairing drywall, you will need several materials, depending on the type of repair you have to do. Here is a list of materials you need to do for a typical repair job:
You also have to consider the type of compound depending on the repair you will be doing. Patching compounds are typically used for small holes and cracks, while Joint compounds works better for large holes.
As a guide when buying drywall compound, use approximately 4.5 gallon compound for large scale repairs, or a gallon for small ones. You can also buy a quart-sized compound if you are doing minor repairs such as patching up nail holes.
Step 2: Use precautions
Any kind of construction and repair job, no matter how big or small, can be prone to accidents. Doing the job properly and keeping the work area clean and organized will go a long way to keep you safe.
***Pro Tip*** take before and after pictures to share with your friends and keep as a memento.
Follow these basic precautionary measures in order to ensure that you will have a safe and smooth workplace:
Step 3: Repair the drywall
Now you are ready to start with the repairs. There are slightly different steps on how to do it depending on the type of repair that needs to be done. But the general rules to repair a drywall are as follows:
For nail and screw holes
For areas with a row of holes (typically from wall fixtures like shelves), apply the compound in one long swipe for a faster and more even work. If there is a large number of holes, or if the holes are close together but are not in a relatively straight line, you can also do the one-swipe method by using a broader knife and a diluted coat (skim coat).
For door knob holes
For large holes
The process of repairing drywall is easy. Don’t forget to work under bright lighting, clean your work area with a damp sponge, vacuum any accumulations of dust or debris particles and be sure to apply a coat of paint to match the existing other areas.
Finally, don’t forget to post your pictures of a job well done!!!
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