Dos and Don’ts of Repairing Drywall
Drywall is durable but not indestructible. This means that over time it can sustain cracks and holes. Fortunately, drywall repair is fairly easy; however, doing it is an art. And this is what you need to do, and what to avoid.
DO use the right materials.
When you are repairing minor scratches or dents, fill them with a layer of joint compound, and use a 3- to 4-inch putty knife that is specifically made for drywall work. Cracks and holes that are bigger than ½ inch will need reinforcing mesh before you do any spackling. If you apply compound directly to large gouges, the damage will simply reappear as the house starts to settle and the compound will eventually crumble.
DON’T waste time.
There are plenty of ready-made products that are specifically designed to make repairs easier. There are patch kits available that come with reinforced center panels and self-adhesive tape will work well on smaller holes. A compound and primer combo will ensure a surface that is ready to paint the moment it has dried.
DO remember that neatness counts.
Use a box cutter to cut random strands of the mesh tape to place around holes or cracks before you apply the joint compound. Otherwise, all your hard work will end up in bumps and other unsightly blemishes.
DON’T cut the cords.
Make sure you stay safe and don’t cut into a wall until you have verified that no electrical cords or plumbing are not behind it. If the hole is only a few inches wide, use a flashlight to look in and see what is behind it. If you have to enlarge the hole, carefully cut the drywall; however, try not to go any deeper than an inch.
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