DIY – How to Repair Drywall

Congratulations on owning your very home! Now you can enjoy the numerous freedom and other benefits that come with having your own house. Don’t forget about the tons of difficulties you would face over the years also, like repairing and patching up holes in your wall.

This is especially nearly inevitable if you mad use of drywall (or sheetrock) when covering your house. Let’s face it, while dry walls might be cheap, easily installable, and an amazing wall covering in general, it can’t be said to be one of the most durable wall covering out there. However, while you might need to fix the walls occasionally, it isn’t something you should get all worked up over as it is essentially cheap and easy to do.

If you want to hire a pro, we recommend a local painting company like our friends in Mesa, AZ (www.MesaPaintingPros.com) that specializes in drywall (or sheetrock) repair.  They are also experts in matching the existing paint and the existing texture. However, if you are feeling adventurous, it’s not really that hard.  Basically, all you need to fix all types of holes in your dry walls, say sheetrock, are the following:

  • Cordless drill
  • Rock saw (a razor knife will do the job as well)
  • Drywall knife
  • Drywall tape
  • A small amount of drywall mud (buy with discretion)

Now, while patching smaller holes (those about the size of your thumb) are pretty much easier and straightforward, repairing larger holes take up comparably more work. For the former, all you need to do is simply use your finger to apply a little drywall mud into the hole and that’s all she wrote. You could even make use of toothpaste if you don’t have any drywall mud to spare and all will be just fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For larger holes, the repairs procedure might differ based on the size of the holes but the basic idea is this:

It is advisable to mark the spot you intend to repair before proceeding to cut it off with the rock saw as this will make for a more professional looking job. Then you will cut off a patch the exact size of the hole from some scrap drywall and screw it to the hole using the cordless drill. After the screwing, you are to apply the drywall tape around the patch to hide the tiny space that might be between the patch and the wall.

Once it is all dried up, you are free to finish the wall as you wish – spray, paint, whatever!

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