Understanding drywall repair is essential for any do-it-yourselfer. Whether you own an old house or even a recent construction, you can probably identify more than a few damaged areas on the walls and ceilings.
There are multiple repair techniques that will yield a decent result, but that’s only half the battle. The key to perfect drywall patches is making sure that the repair area blends in seamlessly with its surroundings before you prime and paint.
In order to make that happen, you need the right drywall finishing tool for the job.
Get Great Results With the Right Equipment
Regardless of how it got there, a large hole in a wall is an eye sore that sticks out like a sore thumb. Large wall damage is the first thing the eye is drawn to when entering a room, which is why most homeowners feel an urgent need to repair them.
This walkthrough will go beyond fixing small nicks and scratches to focus on getting the best results when repairing large holes.
To patch a large hole, you will need:
- A piece of drywall slightly larger than the hole you want to fix
- Furring strips (small, thin pieces of wood)
- A utility knife or drywall saw
- Drywall screws
- Drywall compound (also known as joint compound)
- Drywall tape (also known as mesh tape)
- A plastering trowel
- A drywall finishing tool
- A pencil
Prepare the Area
Start by taking a piece of new drywall and cut it into a rectangular shape that is slightly larger than the area you want to repair.
Place the new piece of drywall over the damaged area and trace its outline on the wall. Using your drywall saw, cut along the line you just traced and removed the old drywall and debris. At this point, make sure that the new piece of drywall that you cut fits inside the hole with a little bit of room to spare on each side.
Install the Drywall Patch
Next, take the furring strips – ones wider than the hole itself – and screw through the wall on either side of the hole using drywall screws. The existing hole will now have furring strips fastened inside of it, spanning the length of the hole. Once those pieces have been secured, you are ready to install the patch, as they will
Now, take the new piece of drywall, place it in the hole and screw it to the furring strips with drywall screws. Make sure to sink all the screws beneath the surface of the drywall patch, and ensure that the patch is flush with the surrounding wall surface. Place joint tape around the borders of the patch to give it added strength and help it hold the drywall compound.
Plaster, Finish and Paint
Next, using your plastering trowel, cover the patch with drywall compound as evenly as possible.
After allowing the drywall compound to dry fully, you are ready for the final, and most important, step. Many people waste their time and effort using pieces of sandpaper or sanding blocks at this stage, which can lead to a variety of issues, like gouges and scratches, all while causing a dusty mess. However, there is a better way.
With a high-quality drywall finishing tool, this part of the process can be completed quickly and easily. Using your drywall finishing tool, remove the excess plaster and smooth out the patch so it is consistent with the surrounding area. Your drywall patch is now ready to be primed and painted!
In most cases, after a second coat of paint, the repaired area will be indistinguishable from the rest of the wall.
Following these steps will make repairing drywall a hassle-free experience. With the right tools for the job and a bit of attention to detail, the end result will look as good as new!