Is DIY right for your drywall damage?

Drywall is a common material for interior walls, and it can damage easily. Made from gypsum plaster set between paper sheets, drywall often develops cracks. It’s easy to repair the damage that occurs in plasterboard. The best method is to use a drywall repair kit. These kits come in different sizes and are made of various repair materials.

Drywall patching compound is the standard choice because it is premixed and ideal for most repair projects. Some people prefer non-shrink spackling compound for shallow holes. Vinyl spackle is good for large repairs because it dries harder than other compounds. However, it may take more than one coat to fill any gaps created from shrinkage.

For minor repairs, put a small amount of compound into and around the hole and smooth the mixture with a putty knife. Let the compound dry and sand the area until the surface looks level. If you’re fixing a thin crack, first widen the split with the putty knife. Then, fill the crack with silicone, but don’t level the surface. Once the silicone dries, complete the spackling process.

A larger hole requires an aluminum adhesive patch. Stick the metal screen to the wall and apply the filler. Drywall compound is more suitable than spackle for a bigger hole, however, you may need several coats. Let the mud dry between applications, and sand it after the final coat. Wear a protective mask when sanding large areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, inhaling compound dust may lead to respiratory problems.

To repair significant damage, you may need to use a piece of wallboard. Cut a square around the hole, and fill it with the board. Before setting the board into the hole, apply compound to its edges. The compound will hold the board in place. Let the mixture dry overnight, then fill the outline with more mud. Sand the surface once it’s dry. In some cases, you can screw the wallboard to studs and use mesh drywall tape to fill the outline.

Drywall damage is inevitable due to its soft structure. Daily use, shifting foundations, and temperature changes can cause cracking and splitting. With the right tools, you can repair most drywall damage. Large repairs may require more work, so consider hiring a handyman to tackle a bigger job. A Boston handyman can quickly and easily restore your damaged wall to its original state.


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