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How to Do Drywall Repair

Drywall repair is one of the most satisfying home improvement projects you can tackle. It's also one of the easiest, because it requires little experience and only a few tools. If you're a homeowner or someone who's renting, fixing small dings and dents in your drywall is a fun way to make your walls look like new. Depending on the severity of the damage, you can either do it yourself or hire a professional. Minor holes or dings that aren't visible to the eye and have no structural or electrical implications can be repaired easily with spackle, joint compound, and a putty knife. If the damage is more extensive, you may need to hire drywall repair experts for a replacement piece of drywall and fasten it with furring strips or joint tape. Trace Your Hole You'll need to trace the shape of your hole on a new piece of drywall that's slightly larger than it is.

You'll also need to cut away the edges of this new piece, leaving only a square of drywall with paper backing on all sides. Next, hold this new piece over the damaged drywall and trace around it with your utility knife. Once you have the shape of your hole, you can begin filling it in with a spackle knife or a small container of drywall compound. Apply enough compound to cover the damaged area, then sand it smooth. You might need to add a few coats to get it completely filled. Feather the edge of your spackle with a rag to blend it in with the rest of the wall. Patch Kits Several patch kits are available to fix holes that are about the size of a doorknob.

These patches are designed to cover small holes in the drywall and stick to it using a mesh that's similar to fiberglass. This kit can be used on both small and large holes in the drywall. These kits are quick and easy to use, but because they don't cover all of the drywall on the edges of the patch, you might need to apply a second coat of compound once the first has dried. Once your second layer dries, you can sand the repaired area smooth and refinish it with paint. Fiberglass Mesh Patches If you're repairing small holes in the drywall that are about the size of a picture hanger, you can use a fiberglass mesh patch. These patches come with an adhesive backing and are designed to stick to the drywall. Once you've found the right patch, apply it to the wall and press down gently until it's securely stuck to the drywall. Then, apply another layer of drywall compound over the patch. Once it's completely dry, sand the patch until it's smooth and refinish the wall with primer and paint as needed. Holes caused by Hard Impact A hammer or other hard blow can cause a large hole in the drywall, especially if the hole is deep. Often, you'll need to remove an entire section of drywall to clean up the damaged area.

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