I used to avoid any projects that required me to fix drywall. I thought it was impossible to make it match from every angle. It’s the perfect DIY home project to help you save money. Here are 10 tips that will really improve any drywall patching that you do!
1. Check For Electrical Wires
Now, this sounds like a given, but it is often forgotten. Before beginning ANY project, make sure you check the area for electrical wires or plumbing pipes. A simple check of the area can save you so much money in the long run!
2. Cut Your Drywall
Do not be afraid to make a bigger hole than already exists. I start by cutting an easy shape to duplicate, usually a square. Then I can cut a new piece of sheetrock to fit into the freshly cut hole.
3. Use A Short Board
Install a short (soft) board behind the sheet rock to screw the piece onto. Take a board that is approximately 4” longer than the span of your hole and holding it to the back of the sheet rock place two screws through the sheet rock securing it.
Screw on your sheet rock square to the board you just installed.
5. Use Drywall Mesh Tape
Apply drywall mesh tape to the joints and apply joint compound. Do this several times getting a wider trowel each time to spread the distance of the joint compound. The wider the trowel the less noticeable the patch will be.
6. Don’t Forget To Sand
Sand smooth, and apply any texture you might have.
7. Primer Is Important
Primer is often a forgotten part of the project. No matter how many coats of paint you apply to your patch it will always show unless you put a primer on before your paint. If you do not have an exact paint match, I suggest painting the entire surface to all of the corners, otherwise you run the risk of still seeing the patched area due to a paint mismatch.
8. Drywall Repair Kits Are Available
For larger, deeper holes. It may be in your best interest to purchase a repair kit. Repair kits usually include dry wall screws, a saw, drywall tape, and a tool for sanding. Usually, you only have to provide a screwdriver! Repair kits can be found everywhere, but I found this great one from The Home Depot.
9. Small Repairs
When repairing small holes and “dings” simply cover the area with spackle. Let dry for 24 hours (or however long the instructions state) before sanding smooth and painting over
10. Repairing Other Drywall Issues
Lots can go wrong when installing drywall, and it is common to see issues other than a hole in the wall throughout your home. For problems such as over sanded drywall, and drywall “pops” use this tutorial from DIY Network.
I hope that these ten tips will help ease your worries when it comes to repairing those unsightly drywall holes in your home! I promise, it is not as daunting as it appears!