For complete instruction of drywall finishing, see the article ''. Using a medium grit sandpaper, lightly sand the patch when dry to knock down any high spots and then add another thin coat of joint compound. The tape is pressed into the mud completely flat and the excess mud is scraped off with your trowel. As our name implies, we offer a suite of expert guides on a wide range of topics, including fashion, food, drink, travel, and grooming. You want to make sure that the patch piece of sheetrock sits just below the surface of the wall, so that you can tape and spackle it and have a smooth, even surface. The first thing my husband needed to do was to secure some wood pieces behind the sheetrock so that we could attach a patch to fill the hole.
But it is the closest thing to dust-free drywall sanding there is. Someone you hire will either wait or make return trips. . Large-Hole Repairs When a hole is larger than about 6 inches in diameter, the best approach is to cut out the damaged area and patch in a new drywall piece. Could be that you improperly installed a toilet paper holder like me and it left a large, gaping hole.
We'll talk about large repairs in another article. Test fit the piece in the hole. Tip — It might be a good idea to allow the compound to dry for 15-20 minutes before finishing covering the rest of the hole. Hold it in place so that it partially fills one edge of the cutout and then secure it with screws through the existing wall. Lightly sand and float joint to be visually blend with surrounding surface. Sheetrock Repair CostSheetrock is a drywall brand name. It's usually a good idea to get a lightweight spackling paste that uses the new primer technology, so that a crack does not develop at the seam between the wall and the patch.
Before positioning the patch, mark the location of any exposed stud or joist on the wall or ceiling near the opening. You can also glue it in place with hot melt glue, or use screws plus construction adhesive. Take care to stop the screwheads when they're just below the surface of the wall but not deep enough to tear through the paper. See the article '' for information on what to do. However, regional pricing variations can also affect the cost of the repair.
Do not put a lot of spackling paste on your knife. Once the patch is invisible, feather the edges of the spackle so it blends well with the wall. Inhaling too much of this fine dust can possibly damage your lungs. Try to reproduce any wall texture, if necessary. Put a thin coat of joint compound over your hole and then lay a piece of paper tape over the wet joint compound so that it covers the edges of the hole.
Locate the position of the nearest stud or joist on either side of the hole. Install four metal mounting clips onto the edge of the cutout. I love to see what other owners have painted on their walls, and this house has some crazy colors lurking under the wall plates. Get your supplies together before you begin. Did some of the guests get a little too rowdy at your last party? If you use paper tape, make sure you have compound between the layers of tape. That's all there is to it.
Step 3: Go ahead and cut the traced square on the wall with your drywall knife. After he moved the outlet from the middle of the wall to near the bottom of the wall, we were left with a very large hole that needed to be patched. Remove the backing from the adhesive screen patch and apply firmly over the drywall hole. Once the patch is dry, sand the area with 220-grit sandpaper, then paint it to match the rest of the wall. If done correctly, most people will not even be able to tell that there was a hole. The final but potentially messiest step is painting over the texture to get the color to match the rest of the wall. No matter how large or small the repair, you should prime and paint the patch.
Then put another thin coat over the paper tape. It will only begin to dry and get more ornery! The goal is to make the transition between the wall and the patch as seamless as possible. You want to completely cover the tape and feather the edges toward the flat surface of the wall. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. If you don't want to purchase one of these special sanding kits, you can simply hold the vacuum cleaner nozzle under the repair as you sand, which will catch much of the dust.