Drywall repairs are fairly common. All it takes is for a child throws a toy a bit too hard, your doorknob to accidentally slam back into the wall, and suddenly you’re faced with an unsightly hole that is in need of repair. If you find yourself in need of a quick patch up, you’re in luck. In just a few simple steps you can repair the wall back to near it’s original condition. Here are the seven steps you should follow in order to repair your drywall correctly.
1. Figure Out The Size Of The Damage
We’ve seen drywall damage in all shapes and sizes over the years. While a small or medium hole will be a relatively quick and easy fix, a larger hole requires much more work and a bit more skill, so it may be in your best interest to reach out to a professional handy man to finish the job in that case.
2. Clean and Fill
If it seems like a fairly easy repair, the next thing you’ll need to do is clean the hole. For a small hole, use a blade knife to cut at an angle so that the exterior portion of the hole is wider than the interior. After this, carefully fill the hole with painter’s putty, trying your best to make sure it’s even with the rest of the wall.
3. Dry and Sand
At this point, you will need to let the putty dry. Check the instructions on the back of the putty container to find out how long it will take. Once it has dried, lightly sand the area until it is smooth.
Once the area is smooth, you are ready to add the spackle over the putty. The spackle may shrink as it dries, so you may need to repeat this process several times.
5. Install Patch, If Needed
You might need to use a patch to repair a medium or larger sized hole. In this case, an adhesive backed metal patch is what you will need, which will be available in various sizes. First you will need to sand the surface around the hole, then you will simply pull off the adhesive backing, and apply the patch to the surface.
6. Spread Drywall
After the patch has been installed, carefully spread drywall to cover the patch. Allow the drywall to dry, sand it smooth, and then repeat the process as many times as needed. You will need to smooth out the edges of the drywall compound so that they are flush with the wall and virtually undetectable.
Now that the repair has been made, the surface is ready to be painted. Make sure that you use the same paint shade as before, and you will have completed a beautiful repair that shouldn’t be noticed by visitors to your home.
Small damage to drywall can definitely be fixed the DIY way, but if you prefer to have the repair look professional and unnoticeable, enlisting the help of someone with experience in drywall repair might be the way to go. For larger holes, it is certainly recommended that you have professional assistance, as this requires some skill and tools that you might not have.