There’s a pretty good chance that every one of us will one day encounter some damage to our homes walls, and we are more than likely going to want to repair it. Repairing damage to drywall is easy to do, however it requires patience, effort, and skill in order to do it right – and learning how to do is a simple task so long as you adequately prepare and take your time as you go through the process. The first thing you should do, is figure out how bad the damage is and what that means for the repair you are about to carry out.
Is the damage patchable?
Chances are the damage to your drywall may be simple enough to only require a mesh patch, some putty, and a round or two of sanding. If the damage to the wall is the size of a doorknob, then you should be just fine using a mesh screen for the repair. However, if the damage is the size of a book or larger – then you are going to have to provide a slightly more in-depth repair.
Repairing Significant Damage in Drywall
Significant damage to drywall does require a bit more effort and patience – but in the end anyone can do it, and the repair is pretty straightforward. Some of the things you are going to need are: A small sheet of drywall, a drywall saw or utility knife (or both), a mesh screen, drywall compound, a putty knife, and a sanding block. All of these things can be found at your local hardware store at an affordable price.
The first step is to locate the studs to both the left and right of the damaged section. You can use a stud finder, your ears by tapping on the wall and listening for the difference in sound (hollow vs solid), or simply by cutting the drywall out until you reach a stud. Important: Be cautious and aware when doing this, as sometimes electrical wires may be attached to the stud as well!
Once you have located the opposing studs, cut out a square section from the drywall that surrounds the damaged area – and make sure that you expose at least half of each stud. Measure the whole that you’ve cut out, and from the fresh sheet of drywall cut out a piece that fits the hole as tight as possible (to minimize work). Place the fresh cut piece of drywall into the whole, and using drywall screws, attach the drywall to the studs using a minimum of 2 screws on each side.
Once the replacement piece of drywall is firmly in place, cut strips from the mesh screen that you have and cover the parameter of the newly installed section so that all gaps between the old and new drywall are covered. Using your putty knife and drywall compound, cover the mesh and surrounding areas so that the appearance is smooth and consistent. Allow for the compound to dry, and sand down the area to eliminate knicks, cracks, inconsistencies and any other imperfections in the compound. Repeat the addition of compound and sanding of the area as necessary, until the repair looks even and is no longer an eye soar. Remember patience is key, if this is the first time you have done a drywall repair – then expect to go through the process of applying compound and sanding the area several times before seeing a finished project that you are pleased with.
Sometimes DIY repairs are not for everyone – and if you are part of this group, then don’t worry! There are plenty of companies out there that offer handyman services, much like The Carpentry & Painting Experts who service the Richmond, VA area. If fixing a hole in your drywall is something that you are dreading, then don’t force yourself to try the repair – patience is key, and if you aren’t happy to be doing the work in the first place then chances are you are going to wind up relying on a professional in the end.