Making a patch repair in drywall is inevitable at some point, especially for homeowners. Whether you are preparing to paint, removing a wall hanging or have a large hole in the wall, you should have experience on how to conduct these repairs. We have a few tips on patching different sized spots for you to get the job done smoothly.
Smaller holes are easier to patch. Sand the area to a smooth finish first with sandpaper. Then, take a putty knife loaded with spackling paste and apply the product directly to the spot in need. Use enough paste to leave a small mound over the hole, and then press the flat side of the knife firmly against it to flatten it. Lastly, you will need to broadly swipe the blade across the area so that the paste is leveled in. Give it a sufficient amount of time to dry and then sand it. Re-paint if needed.
A hole that is a bit larger in diameter may need some additional resources. You will need mesh tape, which is sold in squares or in a roll. After the area is sanded, it will need to be completely covered with the mesh. Then, you will need to add a joint compound over the mesh to achieve a stronger result than spackling paste. Once you can no longer see the tape and all seams are covered, use a putty knife to flatten the compound and scrape the surface in wide movements. Allow the joint compound to dry for at least 8 hours or according the the manufacturer’s instructions.
A large repair needs a few extra tools and materials but can still be done at home if you aren’t able to hire a contractor. You will need a drywall saw to cut evenly around the area in need of repair. The spot should be a rectangular shape and a utility knife can be used to clean the edges. Be sure the hole is large enough to expose a stud in the wall. Next, you will need to cut a section of drywall panel (can be acquired from home improvement stores) and measure it to perfectly fit the rectangular hole previously created. Use drywall screws to attach the new patch to the stud. The last step will be placing the mesh tape and joint compound on just like you would on a medium sized spot.
We hope these tips help no matter what size repair you are dealing with. Always remember to take precautions and avoid injury when dealing with certain tools and don’t hesitate to call in extra help if needed.