Learning how to repair drywall
Learning how to repair drywall holes and replace water damaged sheets seems like a big job, but it really isn't that bad at all. It's messy, I'll give you that, but it's quite easy.
The pic above to the left is where a daycare child was swinging a 5 lb. weight around and then let it go into the wall.
I know, I shouldn't have let him play with weights, but nobody told me that daycare kids are all psycho. I learned that later on. Please, can we focus here?
Anyway, the hole is the first hole to violate my self-built home and I really took it quite personal. My wife wanted to do daycare in our nice home, so I let her. The money was good, but my home was torn apart! Still, I love those kids. It's been several years. Sigh! I miss them.
Okay, let's move on to how to repair drywall the easiest way.
This is a quick and dirty way to patch up a hole in the wall that you won't find in many web sites or in many DIY drywall blogs. I call it the "drywall plug."
It wasn't my idea, my brother-in-law, whose a master of drywall tape and texture for over 20 years, taught me how to do this.
Okay, here's a hole in the wall now.
A really easy way to patch big holes in walls no longer involves mesh netting like before. We just cut out a piece of sheetrock that is bigger than the hole we want to cover, then create a paper flange or flap on the gray sheetrock side.
It's easiest to cut the brown paper side of the sheetrock. Be careful not to cut the gray paper in front.
This is what it looks like when all the brown paper and gypsum is trimmed away. There is nothing left except the gray paper that will hold the plug in place and make it really strong with a little help from the joint compound.
This is what it looks like from the front. This will make a much stronger seal than the old mesh netting stuff we used to use. It's cheaper and stronger. Cool huh?!
Before we put the sheetrock plug into the wall, we need to spread a little joint compound (mud) around the the outside of the hole itself and around the wall so the plug and the gray paper have something to adhere to.
Now let's insert the sheetrock into the wall. Hopefully, it's a perfect fit.
Be sure to get a good amount of mud under the gray paper so that the paper holds the plug in place until we can spread a coat of mud over the entire patch and wall.
Try to squeeze any excess mud out from underneath the gray paper so the hole is smooth against the wall.
Spread a layer of drywall mud over the plug so that it fits evenly into the wall. This is the first layer. It may require a little sanding before we apply the second layer
Let this dry for several hours and apply the second coat. It should need only two coats. We can then prepare it for the texturing coats.
When using a hopper for the wall texturing, we need to put plastic around because it makes a real mess. Texturing makes such a difference in the appearance of the wall.
The consistency of the compound needs to be about like cake batter. This works really well.
This is me spraying the walls of my home trying to get back the sanctity of my home after it was vandalized by kids.
It is really important to get the right mixture of compound so that it blends right in with the older pattern.
Hiding holes is often a lot easier than hiding water damage. That requires a complete stripping of the sheetrock from the walls and and new sheets brought in and hung. New taping and texturing will also need to be done.
That's the easiest method of to repair drywall without buying a bunch of tools you won't use much after you fix the hole.
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