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The In & Outs of Drywall Repair

The In & Outs of Drywall Repair

Most modern homes have rooms that enclosed with drywall. It’s become the ubiquitous material for home-building in the last 50 years or so and it has a wide variety of benefits while only having a small handful of downsides. Among the many benefits of drywall are its affordability, the ease with which it can be used, and its effectiveness as an insulating material. Among the small list of downsides one immediately springs to mind: durability.

You’d be hard pressed to find a homeowner these days that hasn’t accidentally damaged their drywall once or twice. Whether it’s from an errant doorknob, a wayward pool cue, or even an overzealous child (or adult) drywall is prone to small holes and other minor damage. Luckily, drywall is also quite easy to repair.
Today, we’re going to walk you through the simple process of patching a small hole in your drywall. Let’s see how easy this really is.

Safety First: As with any project, it’s best to begin with some basic safety precautions.

With drywall, the materials can often be very heavy. If you’re simply repairing a small hole, then this isn’t something to worry about. However, if you plan on replacing multiple drywall panels be very wary of children and even yourself. A falling drywall panel can do some real damage.

Buckets, especially the 5-gal. which is commonly used when fixing drywall, can also present a hazard to small children.

One of the primary safety precautions with drywall has to do with dust. Drywall dust can be a respiratory irritant and should be avoided. Wear a dust mask and place a drop cloth on the floor. That way when you are done it is simply a matter of wiping down the drop cloth and vacuuming the area. Then, you’re done!

Gather Your Materials: To fix a small hole in your drywall you will need drywall compound – either lightweight or all-purpose –a peel and stick drywall patch, and a drywall knife.

Fixing the Hole: First, start by peeling the adhesive backing off of the peel-and-stick patch and placing it over the hole. Patches are excellent at covering small holes, and they make the patch work much easier. Once the patch is securely in place, use the drywall knife to cover the patch with drywall compound. Cover the patch with three or more coats of compound. Smooth the compound so it blends into the wall using the knife.

Now, all that’s left to do is let the compound dry and the hole is fixed! That was pretty painless!

This method is perfectly acceptable for most minor drywall damage. However, if you encounter serious drywall damage such as a major hole or even extensive water damage, you may want to consider calling the professionals at Supreme Painting for a free quote!

No matter how big or how small your drywall problem is, the pros at Supreme Painting are happy to come to your home or office and repair the problem for you. Our years of experience mean that we’ll have your walls looking like new in no time!