All About Drywall Repairs

home remodelIt is a common scenario when a homeowner like you is downstairs doing what needs to be done and the suddenly a loud noise comes from upstairs. There you’ll find a gaping hole in your wall, which your kids have accidentally created while playing. Or perhaps if someone jammed his fist into it out of anger. After making sure that everyone is alright and you’ve had a long and serious talk at the person responsible, you now have to deal with the hole. How can you fix it? Do you need calla home remodel expert?

Home Remodel: Drywall Repairs

The answer would depend on the size of the hole that is in the drywall. It will also affect how long it will take to be fixed. In case your wall has a hole that is as big as a door handle, then fixing it won’t be much of a hassle. However, if the hole is larger, then you may have to take down the old drywall and replace it with a new one.

Fixing Small Holes

Let’s first talk about how to fix small holes on the drywall. The first thing you need to do is cut out the fragments that are dangling on the wall. Do this using a drywall saw and a utility knife. Once you have a nice and clean area to work with, you need to take out around ½ inch to 1 inch strip of paper off the drywall. When you do that, it will look like a torn cardboard. Cut a piece of the drywall that’s a bit bigger than the hole that’s going to be repaired. Begin carving away at the back side of the drywall piece until it fits the opening well and the paper is left. This piece is referred to as the patch hat.

Now add the drywall mud on the edges of the patch hat and put it in the hole. Once it’s been set in its proper place, add a coat of mud over the patch and leave it to dry. Once it had dried completely, take out any chunks and sand it until it becomes smooth. Add mud again and let it dry. Repeat the process until the patch is smooth and nice and ready to be repainted. As you can see, you don’t have to do a whole home remodel Myrtle Beach project to fix the small hole on your drywall.

Repairing Larger Holes

What about a larger hole? You will be doing the same thing. One thing that you’ll do differently is to cut out the entire whole. Use your drywall saw and cut up until you hit a stud. Now start measuring to the mark and then minus ¾ of an inch so you will be half on the stud. Create two marks and then snap a line or using a flat edge, create a line through the two marks, which will be the line that you need to cut. Grab the saw and cut to the stud on the other side of the hole.

Measure from the exact same area that you did for the other mark and then add ¾ of an inch to it and it will give you half on the other stud. Create two marks and then draw a line. Use the line to create a square line at the bottom and top of the hole. You need to have a square hole. Now, you have to cut out the portion that you have marked. Be sure to measure the hole that you have and then cut a piece that will fit into it. After cutting, place the piece in the hole and then use drywall nails to nail two edges where the studs are. Add mud and then you are all set. If you are not sure what to do, you can always call a general contractor to help you out.

Call Keystone General Contractor if you are looking for an expert team that can take on your home remodel project.

Keystone General Contracting
Myrtle Beach, SC
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