Drywall Patching Tips

If your drywall is damaged in a few places you could try drywall patching. The task is not very difficult and you can do it yourself provided you have the tight tools and this guide handy. Some of the material that you will require are a palm sander, nails, joint compound, tape, drywall, paint roller, paint and primer, repair kit. This is a fairly simple process depending on the size of the repair.

Small Patches

Small drywall patching like cracks are easy to fix. Sand the area to be repaired with a palm sander. Apply a layer of joint compound over the damaged area with a trowel. The application must be smooth. Read the directions on the package of the compound.

Fixing small patches

After the speculated time, sand the area with a damp sponge used for sanding. Sand, until you get a smooth surface. Let it dry completely. Check if any thin spots have popped up on the surface. In case there is any occurrence of spots, apply another thin coat of the compound. After it dries up apply a coat of primer with a paint roller. Let the surface rest over night. Paint the wall and don't forget to feather the edge. This will blend the area into the wall and you won't be able to spot the difference.

Medium Patches

Medium drywall patches or holes demand a little bit more work. Repair kits come with a piece of mesh. The function of this mesh is to provide support while mending the hole in the drywall. The other trick is to use a small piece of drywall for support, in case there are no pipes behind the damages area.

Fixing Medium Patches with a Repair Kit

Cut a patch or the hole into a rectangular slab. Use a drywall saw. The instruction manual will show how to cut and attach the mesh, if you are going with a repair kit. Remember to seal the joints with tape. Cover the repair area with a thin layer of joint compound. From here the procedure is the same as fixing a small patch; the only difference is that you will need to apply 2 to 3 coats of the compound. Finish it with primer and paint.

Fixing Medium Patches with Drywall

Measure and cut the drywall that will act as the backing. The measurements are as follows: The wood should be of ½ inch thick in width and 1 inch smaller than the repair patch, with its length being 3 inches longer than the repair patch. Vertically insert the wood into the hole and fasten with drywall screws. Measure and cut another drywall and insert it into the hole and screw it up, then seal the joints with a tape. Cover the taped edges with joint compound and repeat the process above. You will need two coats. Prep it up with primer and paint.

Large Patching

Fixing a major damage on a drywall calls for a professional. Large holes cannot be tackled with minor fixes. Depending on the extent of the damage, mostly you might have to replace an entire dry wall.