Sunday, October 19, 2014

How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Drywall

Drywall can get damaged by kids, pets and doors. In a few short steps, you will learn how to repair drywall damage, small or big, to get your walls back to normal. There are many different ways to repair drywall, but in this video with some spackle and compound, your walls will be repaired in no time.

To replace small holes, such as nail holes, apply a small amount of spackle, let it dry and then sand the wall so that the spackle is flush with the wall. For pop nails, repair is simple. Using a screw driver, screw a drywall screw about 2" above the popped nail to secure the drywall. Hammer the popped nail in, and apply joint compound to the dents so that they are flush to the wall. Allow the compound to dry, then sand with a sander.

For holes 1"-2 1/2" the repair is slightly different. To repair this hole, you will need premixed joint compound, a compound pan, a dry wall knife, a self adhesive wall patch and a sander. Apply the self adhesive wall patch over the hole. Using joint compound, cover the wall patch and the drywall. Apply until the patch is completely covered. Remove any excess compound and let dry for 24 hours. Apply a second coat and once dry, sand the area so that it is flush with the wall.

For large holes repair becomes a little more complicated. The tools you may need are joint compound, drywall knives, a compound pan, drywall, tape measure and a utility knife. First measure the area of the hole. Cut the drywall patch with a utility knife. Hold the patch over the damaged area and trace with a pencil. Using a drywall knife, cut out the damaged drywall. Cut two furring strips and attach them to the inside of the damaged hole with drywall screws. Next insert the new drywall and screw into the furring strips. Apply a layer of compound, let dry and sand so it is flush with the wall.

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