DIY drywall repair, explained step by step by an expert in handyman services
A company offering handyman services also has to explain the process step by step to its clients, in case they want to DIY. Although it’s not one of the easiest home chores, some people might want to try drywall repair themselves, if they are generally resourceful or naturally inclined in this direction. This is why, in this article, we asked a highly-trained expert to guide us through the process, step by step. No matter how big or small, a hole in the wall is an unsightly view and it won’t go away by itself.
Home & Business Services – HBSOnTime.com in short, is a family-owned local company operating since 2013 in the Greater Fredericksburg Area, VA. They offer professional cleaning services (residential, commercial, air duct, window, carpet), as well as home maintenance, turnkey services, and handyman services. The latter includes, among others, carpentry, deck repair, fence fixing, door installation & repair, dryer vent installation & cleaning, flooring installation & repair, insulation installation, and drywall installation & repair. Without further ado, here are the necessary tools, as well as the steps for this last process:
Tools – according to the handyman services professional, you will need furring strips, painter’s putty, drywall saw, a trowel, a blade knife, construction adhesive, fiberglass mesh tape, a drywall joint compound, a pencil, drywall screws, a putty knife, and a cordless drill.
Steps – then, for everything to work out well, you have to strictly follow the steps indicated by the expert in handyman services:
- Clean the hole in the wall with a blade knife, cutting at such an angle that the exterior of the hole is bigger than the interior. Then, fill the hole with painter’s putty, making it level with the wall surface. Once dry, sand the area lightly, until it’s smooth;
- Spackle over the putty (once or several times, as needed), then smoothly sand the surface around the hole, and wipe off the dust afterward;
- Peel the paper backing off the patch, firmly pressing it into place, with the mesh facing outwards. Then, spread drywall compound over the patch, feathering out the edges. Smooth out and let dry, then gently sand the surface until it’s smooth with the wall.
The steps above apply for small or medium holes in the wall. For larger ones, the highly-trained professional in handyman services recommends the following steps:
- Cut a drywall patch, making sure it’s the same thickness as the drywall already present, but a bit larger than the hole. Then, draw an outline of the patch around the hole, using a pencil. Check for electrical cords and plumbing lines behind the place where you plan the cut;
- Cut out the drawn area with a drywall saw. Screw-in two wooden boards behind the drywall, one at the top and one at the bottom of the hole – this will keep the patch from falling through;
- Then, screw the drywall patch to the wooden boards, spread the drywall compound and add mesh. Sand the area until the patch is undetectable, then paint over once it’s dry.