How to Fix Torn Sheetrock How to Fix Torn Sheetrock

What You'll Need
Joint compound
Putty knife (Large Blade)
Self-adhesive mesh drywall tape
Razor knife
Tape measure
Drywall sander

Sheetrock is gypsum rock that is pressed into boards and held in place with a piece of paper for the front and backing. It is possible when working with sheetrock for the paper backing to become torn, either when transporting it from the store or when installing the sheetrock to the wall. When this occurs, it is necessary for you to fix the sheetrock in order to prevent the tear from affecting the way in which your wall is finished, whether you plan to paint the sheetrock or tile over it.

Repairing or fixing torn sheet is a moderate level project that can be handled by a home do-it-yourselfer. This eliminates the necessity of having to hire a home remodeler for the purpose of repairing your torn sheetrock.

Step 1: Determine How Large the Damage Area is

Use a tape measure to determine how big the tear is to your sheetrock. Small tears can be repaired using joint compound or mud and sanding the area to make it smooth. Larger tears require you to cut away the section of drywall with the tear and replace it with a new piece of sheetrock. Sheetrock and drywall is the same thing.

The rest of this article will deal with cutting away a section of the drywall and replacing it with new sheetrock.

Step 2: Purchase a Piece of Sheetrock

Go to a home improvement center and purchase a piece of sheetrock that fits the size of the tear being repaired. You will need to ask an attendant to cut you a conforming piece from a remnant piece that is lying around. This will keep you from having to purchase a 2x2 or 4x4 foot piece of drywall that may be more than what you need for the repair. Purchase any other supplies that you will need including the self-adhesive mesh tape, joint compound and putty knife.

Step 3: Cut the Sheetrock

Use the razor knife to cut the sheetrock in order to expose an area for the drywall patch. The area that you cut with the razor knife should be large enough to easily fit the patch into snuggly. Use a sanding block to sand the edges of the area that you cut away in order to make it smooth.

Step 4: Place Patch in Cutaway

Take the patch piece and place it into the area that you cut away with the razor knife. Use the self-adhesive mesh tape to secure the piece of drywall. Take the joint compound and putty knife and apply several layers of mud over the tape, first applying two coats with the mesh exposed and several other coats of mud to conceal the tape completely. Use a drywall sander to sand the joint compound and make the wall smooth and uniform. Now you can paint or tile over the sheetrock.

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