Drywall, also known as sheetrock, is the smooth board on your walls that covers the studs and insulation. Throughout the duration of its lifespan, occasions present themselves when the drywall needs repair and patching. This can be from a variety of reasons such as water damage, working on the electrical wiring, or accidents. The following techniques will demonstrate how to repair and patch the drywall successfully.
Remove the damaged portion. Depending on the size of the area requiring repair, it normally works best to cleanly cut and remove a section in the shape of a square around the damaged area. Keep your cutting as small as possible while completely removing the offending spot. A square cut makes for an easy replacement.
Cut your replacement piece. Measure the replacement piece by two methods to ensure as tight of fit as possible. Measure the hole in the wall and trace the dimensions onto the new piece of drywall. Drywall comes in ½ or 5/8 in thick slabs, so be sure your replacement piece is the same thickness as the existing wall. The second method of measurement is to lay the old piece of drywall onto the new and to trace the design. Both measurements should be the same. Make your cut and then carefully fit into the open space in the wall.
Finishing the patch. Now for the more difficult portion of the repair; making the patch blend into the existing drywall. Once you have the new piece tightly in place. You can either buy premixed plaster or mix it yourself. Place drywall tape along with a thin coat of plaster over each of the seams. Allow to dry, and then repeat with wide, thin coats of plaster, up to three or four coats. For optimum blending, it is best to create a wide seam with the plaster; the wider and smoother the plaster, the less obvious the repair on the wall. You want to avoid any mound or obvious difference in the consistency of the wall. After the plaster has dried completely, lightly sand the seams smooth. Now it is time to primer the spot and then to apply texture or whatever other finishes that is already on the surrounding area. Matching texture can be difficult, and can only be done well by a skilled and experienced carpenter.
Repairing drywall is actually required quite often, and although a patient do-it-yourselfer can definitely persevere and tackle the job, it will turn out better if completed by a professional. If you would like some assistance with your repair, request free estimates from licensed drywall contractors in your area today.
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