May 21, 2019 Latest Update
DO YOU WONDER HOW TO REPAIR DRYWALL AS A REGULAR HOMEOWNER AND NOT A PROFESSIONAL? YOU CAN EASILY REPAIR THE MOST USUAL TYPES OF DRYWALL HOLES AND DAMAGE USING THESE TIPS.
I would venture a guess that drywall damage is the most typical house repair that people need to perform. Filling little nail holes or fixing larger holes made accidently while doing DIY projects is actually rather simple to do on your own (been there, done that). For the routine tasks, there is no need to recruit someone else. Simply adhere to the advice given below to repair drywall. We appreciate DAP’s sponsorship of this article.
HOW TO CORRECTE NAIL HOLES IN DRYWALL Unbelievably, when fixing minor nail holes, you typically don’t even need to apply spackle or filler. I usually always use my finger to dab touch-up paint into little nail holes left by items that were hung on our walls. When it’s feasible, I always use this approach because it eliminates the need for sanding and the extra step of painting over a repair.
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CORRECTION OF SMALL HOLES AND DAMAGE IN DRYWALL During our DIY projects, we occasionally make mistakes that are too large to be covered up with touch-up paint. For instance, we spent the previous week attempting to mount the shelves on either side of the brand-new fireplace we put in our master bedroom. Well, it’s possible that we miscalculated the distance between the wall anchors for the first shelf, leaving two holes where we didn’t need them.
I like using DAP CrackShot Spackling Paste for fixes like these. We discovered some in this convenient tube that solves problems we occasionally experienced with spackle drying out in small tubs. Additionally, it simply results in a less untidy fix overall. You simply insert as much of the tube as you require into the hole, smooth it up with a putty knife, and repeat as necessary.
We sand it smooth and paint over the CrackShot after it has dried. We rarely need to repeat the procedure with repairs of this size as we do with larger fixes (more on that below).
REPAIRING BIGGER HOLES AND DRYWALL DAMAGE You could sometimes end up with drywall that has been significantly more damaged. Even the best of us experience it. For instance, I might have been overly harsh with my crowbar last month when we were removing our old guest closet hardware to make room for our new closet system, which led to some pretty significant holes. Ooops.
DAP Alex Plus Spackling is the only product I’ll use for fixes like this. This product is very new, and I much prefer it to more conventional spackle like DryDex . I find it easier to work with the Alex Plus Spackling compound when it’s wet and easier and less dusty to sand it after it dries because it has a viscosity that is much more similar to caulk. For holes this size, some people might use a mesh patch, but I think those are more hassle than they’re worth.
I begin by removing any loose debris from the hole with a scraper. I then apply it and smooth it with a metal putty knife until it is level with the drywall surface.
I gave it a 24-hour drying period before giving it a thorough sanding. A solid sanding job is absolutely necessary for successful results. Sand the surface repeatedly until it is completely smooth. If necessary, use more spackle and repeat the drying and sanding procedure. For the closet repair in our guest room, I had to perform the procedure twice. The image above shows the first coat.
After you sand and paint over the repair, your wall should look like this with no signs of repair work.
There you have it, then! Simple advice on how to fix “smallish” (is that a word, right?!) drywall repairs.
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