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Repairing drywall

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10-10-13, 12:56 PM   #1  
Repairing drywall

Firstly, please forgive my complete ignorance with DIY.

My issue is that in removing the moldings from my apartment to replace the floor a roughly 6"x2" wide and 3-4 mm thick strip of wall ripped away (revealing brown layer underneath).
It is still partially attached and a fairly clean rip (ie pushing it back into place it looks fairly clean/in place). What's the best way to go about repairing it: Re-adhere the ripped portion to the drywall and mud over it or cut it off and go from there? Thanks!

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10-10-13, 01:52 PM   #2  
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A better description or pics would be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

If the gypsum [material between the drywall paper] is exposed, it needs to be coated with either an oil base primer or Zinnser's BIN. That will prevent the moisture in joint compound [or latex primer/paint] from further dissolving the gypsum. Once the primer is dry it's just a matter of applying a coat or two of j/c and then sanding it smooth.

Is there any texture on the walls?

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