If you reside in a house long enough, you may notice some holes in the walls that need to be repaired, no matter how careful you are. If a bit of portion of the wall is badly soiled or damaged, you will have to cut it out and patch the hole with drywall.
In this blog, we’ll share some tips to help you with small drywall repair jobs. But if you’ve got bigger drywall holes or need sections replaced. In that case, you’ll probably need a professional handyman service to get the job done right.
Tools and Supplies You Will Need
First things first, gather the necessary equipment and supplies before you begin. Here are a few things that will be useful:
- Drywall compound available at most hardware stores
- 4’’ wide Putty knife
- Utility knife – used for cutting loose drywall paper or trimming edges before using compound
- Sanding paper
- Paint – serves as a primer and finish coat
- Rags – Can be used to clean up after the repair
Step 1: Prep the Damaged Wall
Trim any residual drywall paper from around the damaged hole with your utility knife. Next, level any surrounding abrasions in the drywall with your sanding block. Finally, make sure to wipe the area clean with a rag.
Step 2: Fill the Drywall Hole
Take your 4” putty knife and apply the drywall compound to the hole. When using the compound, move the putty knife in a cross shape pattern across the void. This technique helps to level out the spackling within the cavity.
Wait for the compound to dry before removing any extra spackling from around the hole. It should shrink slightly once the first application has dried. This can leave a small depression where the hole was covered with a second coat of compound.
Once your second coat has dried, take your sanding block and lightly sand the hole, making it level with the surrounding wall.
Step 3: As good as new
After your freshly patched drywall has dried, apply a coat of primer paint to the fresh compound. The purpose of the paint is to blend the patched hole with the surrounding wall. In order to achieve this, it is recommended to paint the former hole and a small area surrounding it.
Once the primer is dry, it’s time for the final coat. When applying the finish, feather the paint as you move away from the hole to increase smoothness. Use a little brush and concentrate your brush strokes near the center of the hole to feather the paint. At a steady pace, integrate the new paint into the old. This can make a hole appear as if it never existed (if done correctly).
The Bottom Line
Once you’ve finished painting, your drywall should be good to go. Most minor holes may be filled with this method, but anything larger than a quarter should be mended or replaced. When it comes to larger holes, the procedure becomes more difficult.
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