If you own a home, you know how easy it’s to put a hole in the drywall. Whether it’s from a door handle or something falling over onto your wall. You should know that drywall is easy to patch or fix and the cost is usually reasonable.
Traditionally, when you had to fix a hole in drywall, a home improvement professional would try to square up the hole and then put in wooden braces to support a new square of drywall. Luckily, they have created aluminum patches, which can go directly over the hole without having to square it up.
Cracks will occur when a house starts to settle. Therefore, it’s not rare to find cracks in the sheetrock in new and old homes. Fill the crack with joint compound or spackle and then apply a mesh tape over the top. Once the mesh tape is applied, cover that with spackle and feather out the ends.
Repairing Nail and Screw Holes
The most common drywall repair that will be needed is filling in old nail holes or screw holes with fixtures or pictures that were attached to the wall. Another repair from screws and nails is when vibrations cause them to loose.
Tape and Mud
Sheetrock installation and repair are the most common home improvement projects many homeowners find themselves faced with. Whether you are adding a new wall or partially replacing wallboard's in your home as part of a home improvement project. You may find yourself in a situation where you need to replace drywall in your home. This article covers a few tips for making sure the finish on your repair or replacement is held together properly.
The first thing that needs to be done, is applying the drywall tape along the seam between the two pieces of sheetrock or drywall. Try to do this, so the seam runs along the center of the tap. Once the tape is in place, you can start applying joint compound by making use of putty knives.
You need to apply about 3 coats of joint compound. After the first coat dries, ensure to sand down the joint compound on the seams and the nails before continuing. This will ensure that the surface is smooth as the coat is applied.
Once the application of the coat is done and let it dry, ensures to sand around the edges of the seams and nails one last time to ensure the surface is as smooth. You need to wipe down the wall with a dry rag to get rid of any dust that’s on the surface. Now you are ready to prime and paint your walls.
Fun History Fact:
Drywall can often be referred to by different names, it is made from a material called Gypsum combined with other additives and stuffed between 2 pieces of paper. People back then called this wall board, plaster board, and at it's birth in 1916, gypsum board. Before these times many homes were lined with plaster which even today is still a very durable material but is more labor intensive. At the inception of sheet rock, people deemed this as a fireproof wall because it is non-combustible unlike wood or most plaster, this new type of wall was much cheaper, lighter and gets installed in a fraction of the time of plaster. The concept really never caught on until the 1940's and now virtually every home in the United States has some form of sheet rock.