Drywall Repair How To

Drywall Repair How To - Painters

Drywall is made up of gypsum plaster and thick sheets of paper.  This construction method is often used because it is a faster alternative to the old-fashioned lath and plaster way.  It is very easy to install and simple to repair as well.  We have some helpful drywall repair how to tips for you to consider when repairing drywall.

Drywall Repair How To

The best thing to do is get a drywall repair kit when you want to do a quick patch up.  The toolkit usually includes 4 knives, a hammer, a screwdriver, a saw and drill.  There are 3, 6, and 8 inch flex knives, a utility knife, and an inside corner knife.  You may also need to get a hand sander, hacksaw, nails, and a level depending on your repair. Drywall compound, mesh tape, paper tape, and screws are obviously a must.

1. The first thing you need to do is clean up the area where the drywall needs to be repaired. Get rid of the loose edges and sand it down.

2. Dip a knife into the drywall compound and load approximately half the blade.  Smooth the mixture over the damaged area with slow level strokes.

3. Remove any extra compound that is not being used.  The drywall compound will shrink as it dries so you may need to apply a second coat.

If the whole is larger and cannot just be patched up you will need to use mesh and tape.

1. Clean the area similarly as before.

2. Cut the mesh to the right size and shape and attach it with the paper tape.

3. Once the mesh is securely in place you can apply the drywall compound to the mesh.  Smooth the compound on evenly, also compounding the surrounding drywall so that the mesh does not fall through.  Let it dry and apply a second coat if needed.

Further Assistance

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