Various Options That You Can Use To Fix Up Holes in Your Drywall

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1580 101413 gs1580Every homeowner knows that drywall damage can affect the aesthetics of their home. The common damage to drywalls is holes of various sizes, which are either caused by children and other stresses, which sheetrock cannot withstand. If you want to fix up and repair these holes, you can take advantage of the following options provided by The Maids of South Coast in New Bedford, MA along with a large variety of other maid services.

Repair Options

Option 1: Fixing Using Backer Boards

Just draw a rectangle around the break with a square or a straightedge. Break and check for any wires and plumbing pipes before cutting out the section with a knife. Then, add a backer board instead of cutting the drywall over the studs. Use pine or any other hardwood backer board, which is 4 inch longer than the hole in your drywall for this purpose. Fasten the backer boards while holding them firm at the backside of the drywall.

Option 2: Make Use of Scrap from a Damaged Board

First, measure the thickness of your drywall and find a large scrap from a damaged piece. Cut it into the required sized and screw it into place and ensure that screws are spaced every 6 inches. Then, using a drywall compound and roll of paper tape, tape the edges of the patch to make the repair invisible . If you are making many repairs, you may need to buy a sack of 20-minute setting drywall compound. This compound hardens faster and does not shrink, so it is good for filling gaps and cracks before applying the joint tape.

Applying a Finish

Apply a coat of compound and tape to every joint. You can mix the compound with little amounts of water to make it soft so that the tape can be embedded easily. Using a 6-inch knife, smoothen the tape by pulling out from the center towards each end. Then apply a thin coating to the topside of the tape and extending it onto the drywall. The 2nd and 3rd coats blends and smoothes the taped joints so that they will remain invisible even during a paint job. When the coat has dried, set a straightedge against the wall too look out for bumps and dips and knock them off using your taping knife if at all they are there. Lastly, sand, prime it, and finally paint the surface.

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