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Drywall Repair DIY & Tips

Apr 2nd, 2021 // Drywall Installation and Finishing

Drywall is the interior skin of your home. And just like our skin, although quite tough, drywall can be dented, dinged, and damaged. From a furniture moving incident to a miscalculated champagne popping, your drywall is bound to endure a few knicks here and there. 

When that happens, don’t fret–fixing the problem is actually not as complex or difficult as you may think. With a few simple steps and the right materials, you can have your wall looking perfect in no time. 

The following tips will help guide you through minor to medium mishaps. Large holes, dents, cracks, or severe damage is far more difficult and we advise you to call in the professionals if this should occur. 

Small Dents and Dings

We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush, you fling the door open, and pop! It smacks the wall behind it leaving an ugly scuff and a little damage to the drywall. It happens. However, if you simply clean the surface and leave the crack, dent, or indent, this could lead to worse damage over time. It’s best to nip knicks in the bud to make your wall look better and prevent future issues. 

The steps for fixing minor repairs are simple: 

  • Clean the area where the damage is thoroughly to ensure there is no grit, grime, or dust that can get into the materials used to cover the problem. 
  • Use a fast-drying spackle to completely cover the surface. Make sure you’ve put enough spackle over the damage so it is level with the rest of the wall and gently use the spackle knife to spread it evenly out for a seamless blend. 
  • Let the area dry for 24 hours, sand down any uneven surfaces, and then paint. 

Small Holes 

A hole is a little tougher than a ding. This exposes your drywall and the inner layers of your wall to a lot more and can get worse if left unattended. The good news is, even small holes can be repaired easily, without too much work. 

You’ll need to: 

  • Get adhesive mesh and place the proper size over the hole. 
  • Cover the mesh with spackle compound completely. 
  • Make sure you blend the edges of the spackle outward toward the rest of the wall so there is no variation of surface. 
  • Once the spackle is dry, apply another layer to the area. Mesh requires at least two coats of spackle. 
  • Once this layer is dry, you can sand down any imperfections so your surface is smooth and paint to match the wall. 

Medium-Sized Holes

This is why ‘no playing ball in the house’  has been a family rule since the dawn of drywall—one throw that’s hard enough and a missed catch can create a baseball sized hole in your wall. And that’s a strike! 

Repairing medium-sized holes requires more steps and time, however, it can still be done in an afternoon. Here’s how: 

  • You’ll need to purchase a sheet of drywall so you can measure and cut out a piece to cover the hole. When damage moves beyond small, a mesh layer won’t do the trick and you’ll need actual drywall to put over the area. 
  • Outline the hole and wall space so your drywall patch will accurately fit. This is an important step because drywall pieces are made of gypsum, but they have a paper backing to them when you purchase. You’ll need to shave off the gypsum outline but keep all the paper on in this step. 
  • Having the gypsum outline facing the wall, measure around the hole so you have the right sized piece of drywall to attach. 
  • Cut out the damaged drywall and replace it with the gypsum piece you measured. You’ll remove the paper backing and secure the gypsum drywall piece with a compound spackle. Completely cover the new piece and ensure all edges are secured with compound. 
  • This will need to fully dry, so likely around 24 hours, and then a second layer will need to be applied. 
  • Once the surface is smooth, dry, and secure, you can paint it to match the wall. 

If you have any questions or concerns about repairing any damage yourself, let us know. We can have a team member repair your drywall so it’s good as new. 

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