What to Do when Drywall Spackle Cracks when It Dries

Crack and hole in drywall
What You'll Need
Putty knife
Drywall tape
Drywall pan

Cracks in drywall spackle can seem like a challenge but no matter how bad they look, you can still repair them. All you need is a set of simple skills, the correct tools, and spackling putty. Drywall spackle cracks form because of a house settling on its foundation, the bumping of furniture on the walls, and even due to earthquakes. A cracked wall will therefore need repair to restore it to its original, appealing state.

Drywall is a compound that resembles plaster. It is usually stuck between two sheets of thick paper. It is attached to walls using screws. The spackle is then used to finish the walls, covering all screw and nail holes, and giving the walls an overall smooth finishing.

Step 1 - Prepare the Cracks

repairing crack in wall

Take your putty knife and use it to undercut on both sides of the wall crack. Remove all the debris inside the crack including the torn pieces of drywall paper. A vacuum cleaner will come in handy in ensuring the crack is completely clean. Once the crack is clean, feel the adjacent wall panels for movement and if any, fasten the panels through the cracks into the bordering wall frames.

Step 2 - Apply Spackle

Put the spackle into the drywall pan and using the putty knife, apply it into the crack. After filling the crack, remove the excess spackle and apply a second thin coat to match the rest of the wall. Make sure you scrape off any heaped spackle to give a uniform smoothness. Cover the filled-in crack with the drywall tape. Ensure that you cover the crack adequately, in length and width. Take more spackle and apply it on the tape. Smooth out any lumps and apply a final thin coat over the wall to create uniformity with the adjacent areas.

Step 3 - Paint the Wall

painting a wall grey

After applying spackle adequately onto the crack, use the sandpaper to smooth out the area. Take the paint, which must match the existing wall color and paint the cracks. You could also take the opportunity to repaint the entire wall, to give it an all-new appearance. Clean up the work area and remove the tools you used during the repair. A stainless steel drywall pan is the best option. It is not only long lasting, but also very easy to clean.

Step 4 - Drywall Maintenance

Maintaining your drywall after either installation or repair is very easy. All that is required is occasional washing and painting. Avoid banging furniture against the wall and ensure that children do not drill through the wall using sharp objects. Drywall is a reasonably priced way to finish your walls. You can cover it with paper, wood paneling, and wallpaper. Drywall spackle also provides proper soundproofing and insulation.