Archive | October, 2012

Fixing holes in drywall

5 Oct

Repairing drywall is one of the issues we face often, as homeowner. Unfortunately, we got used to hire a handyman to get the job done for us, which means an expensive repair  However, what most of us aren’t aware of is that fixing drywall isn’t as difficult as it might seem at first glance, and we are going to prove it in this article. Actually even a newbie can do the repair in just several hours, if the right tools and materials are used. Just pay attention to the information in this article, if you want to learn how to fix a hole in drywall.

Fixing holes in drywall

Fixing holes in drywall

First of all you need to evaluate the depth of the hole as well as its width. If the holes is deeper than 1/2” or wider than 3”, than it’s necessary to fit a backing support and to fit a drywall patch.

In order to obtain a professional result, we strongly recommend you to cut out the damaged area and to make it square.

In order to cut around the hole like a pro, we recommend you to use a drywall saw or a keyhole saw. These tools are designed for this purpose so you will obtain a perfectly square hole, without tearing the paper layers. Moreover, we recommend you to sand around the hole, using a sandblock and 100 grit sandpaper. By removing the paint coats, the drywall compound will stick properly to the wall.

Next, measure the width and the height of the hole and cut a patch from a piece of drywall having the same thickness as the wall. It is essential to pay attention to this tip, otherwise the surface won’t be even. On the other hand, you have to install the backing support, which can be either made of 1×2 or 1×4 lumber. Use several drywall screws to secure the wooden strips into place.

Applying compound over the patch

Applying compound over the patch

Afterwards, place the patch into place and secure it to the backing support. Drive in several drywall screws to secure it into place tightly. In addition, cover the edges of the patch with drywall paper an apply several coats of drywall. Allow the mud to harden, before spreading the next coat.

Last but not least, you should smooth the area with 100-grit sandpaper, until there is a proper transition between the patch and the rest of the wall. Make sure there are no dents or irregularities before applying the primer and the paint coats.

Don’t forget to spread the primer, otherwise the paint will have a different color as compared to the rest of the wall.